Severe Weather Guide: Before the Storm- Have a plan

The time to prepare for severe weather is when there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Take a few minutes and put together a family survival plan. It’ll help keep your loved ones and your home safe.

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Here’s What You Can Do Right Now:

  •  Familiarize yourself with the kinds of severe weather that can occur in your area.
  • Create a Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Gather your family and talk about where to go for safety. Choose two locations: one outside the home but nearby; the other outside your neighborhood. Consult local emergency management officials for appropriate locations.
  • Choose one emergency contact person. Call this out-of-town friend or relation if your family becomes separated.
  • Prepare your home. Look for areas that are vulnerable to storm damage and make repairs and improvements.
  • Evaluate your homeowner’s insurance. Be sure you are covered for flood and storm surge, if appropriate.
  • Determine what you would do with your pets. Most emergency shelters do not accept pets.
  • Know how to turn off your water, electricity and gas. Do not turn off the gas unless local officials instruct you to, however.
  • Create an essential phone numbers list and store in a safe, readily available place. Create your own here.
  • Visit, and for a wealth of detailed information and specific recommendations for how to prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

Information for this post was made in collaboration with Lowes for a severe weather guide.

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