National Preparedness Month
There are many weather-related emergencies that impact Iredell County throughout the year from severe thunderstorms, to lightning, tornadoes, flooding, or ice and snow storms which can cause dangerous driving conditions. This time of year also is prime season for hurricanes which, at some point, have impacted every county in North Carolina.
Emergencies do not even have to be weather-related. Public disturbances, chemical spills or fires could happen at any time.
Do you know what to do? Do you have a plan in place? The best way to protect your family is be aware and prepare.
Taking four easy steps can help protect your family when an emergency strikes:
1) make a plan
2) discuss and practice your plan with your family
3) build an emergency supplies kit
4) stay informed
Making a plan only takes a few minutes. Just record what you need to do, where to go and how to get in touch with family members. Include any special considerations for older adults, people with access/functional needs and/or pets. Also, include the location of your emergency kit in your plan. Mold your plan to your family’s needs and discuss it with the entire family. Be sure to include phone numbers of each family member, a number for a pre-assigned out-of-state contact who can keep track of family members, and an “in case of emergency” contact for emergency personnel to use. In addition, choose a meeting place where all family members can meet during emergencies.
An emergency supplies kit should contain enough non-perishable food and bottled water (1 gallon per person per day) to last three to seven days. Kits also should include: copies of insurance papers and identification, first aid kit, NOAA weather radio and batteries, prescription medicines, bedding, weather-appropriate clothing, hygiene items, cash, and supplies for any household pets. A complete list of kit items can be found at www.ReadyNC.org.
Stay informed by learning about the risks in your area, such as if you live in a low-lying or floodplain area. Learn what to do before, during and after different types of emergencies. Buy a NOAA weather radio, sign-up for Iredell County HyperReach, and listen to local media when severe weather threatens.
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Remember: Be Aware and Prepare to keep your family safe.