With the arrival of summer, the likelihood of severe weather increases. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1 through November 30, though tornadoes can happen anytime. Depending on where you live, the peak for tornadoes spans from early spring to early summer. You might think you will never be affected by a severe storm, but it’s best to be prepared with a storm emergency kit.
What to have in your storm emergency kit
The foundation of an emergency kit is a first-aid kit. Keep one in your home and one in your car. Also, include the following emergency essentials:
- Non-perishable food
- Clean drinking water to cover each person in your household for three to five days
- Any necessary prescription medication
- Sanitary items including toilet paper, soap, and wet wipes
- Flashlight with spare batteries.
If you have a baby, small child, and/or pet, consider their needs as well.
Basic tools may come in handy after a hurricane of a tornado. You probably already own a screwdriver, wrench, and pliers, so keep them near your emergency kit. Add a manual can opener and utensils in case you need to use your non-perishable canned food.
Other items that are good to have in your storm emergency kit are trash bags, goggles, work gloves, breathing masks, and a battery-operated radio. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will broadcast weather updates on its nationwide network of radio stations 24/7.
Other things to keep in mind
When it comes to emergency prep, know your home’s utilities. In the event of a catastrophic storm, make sure you know how to access your water, gas, and power shut-off valves. It’s also smart to know what is in your home. Taking inventory of your belongings will make it easier should you need to file a claim after a severe storm. For more information about emergency prep and creating an emergency kit, visit ready.gov or redcross.org.
Severe weather can hit when you least expect it. Always be prepared with the essentials you will need after a storm hits and have an emergency plan. Make sure your home and belongings are protected with the right homeowner’s insurance coverage for you. Get a free SafeAuto online quote today.