Last April, tornadoes raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes and claiming hundreds of lives. That devastating, historic outbreak was only one of many weather-related tragedies in 2011, which now holds the record for the greatest number of multi-billion dollar weather disasters in the nation’s history.
The photo above shows a hand-written note that was left by the homeowner for rescue workers. This home was damaged during the tornado that ripped through Joplin, MO last spring.
Your friends at American Trust Insurance encourage you to take the time now to know your community’s risk and your risk of encountering severe weather.
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for severe weather is make a emergency kit of supplies. Your kit should include enough supplies to last three days or more. While there are things that might make you comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Recommended supplies for your kit include:
- Water – 1 gallon per person per day
- Non perishable Food – a three day supply
- Manual can opener – to open canned food
- NOAA Weather Radio – make sure it’s battery powered
- Extra batteries – for weather radio and flashlight
- Whistle – to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties – for personal sanitation
- Wrench/pliers – to turn off utilities
- Items unique to your family – prescription medications, diapers or family documents
For more information on severe weather preparedness, visit www.ready.gov/severeweather.