The weather outside today is the picture of Spring perfection. It is warm, but not too hot with just a hint of a cool breeze. The sky is a vivid blue with only a whisp of a white cloud here and there. A beautiful Spring day may not bring to mind storm readiness. However, the weather here in North Texas is known to change without much warning. Thunderstorms, hail, tornados, flash floods and wind damage are all too familiar elements of Spring in Texas right along with Bluebonnets and birdsong. So today is a great day to make sure you and your family are prepared in case of a weather or other emergency.
Have you thought about what you would need in case our area suffered major damage in a storm or other disaster?
I grew up in West Texas where we were no stranger to tornadoes. Many a night we made the terrifying journey from the house out to the backyard cellar while the wind, driving rain and hail pelted us. Every so often wicked lightning strikes would light up the night revealing angry storm clouds threatening to let down their hooks. My mom always made sure we had vital necessities to take with us in case the house was damaged or destroyed. When my own son was little, we had tornado drills so we all knew what to do in case of a storm emergency. So every Spring, I check our family emergency kit and make sure it is restocked.
- First Aid Kit
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- NOAA All Hazards Weather radio
- Cell phone charger, cable or fully charged power bank
- Dust Masks
- Personal Hygiene and cleaning supplies
- Medications for a minimum of seven days
- Tools (plyers, screwdriver, wrench)
- Important documents (Deed, marriage license, birth certificates, social security number, driver license, insurance policy number and phone contact, etc.)
- Cash (small denominations)
- Can Opener
If you have a family member with a special need, a baby, or a pet in your family, pack items to meet the needs of that individual or animal. Don’t forget extra bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, wipes, pet food, treats and toys.
Getting prepared ahead time is vital during a real emergency. If you would like additional information about my first aid kit list please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to share, and today is the perfect day to get ready!