April 25th through the 29th is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Before the summer weather hits it’s such a good idea to have some things ready and prepared in case of an emergency. In 2010, South Dakota had 7 presidential declarations of emergency. That’s the second highest in the US. We have to be prepared for flooding, major hail, tornadoes, wind storms, and more. Here’s some ideas to help you get ready.
- Make a 72 hour kit. I talk about that in my post HERE.
- Make a family emergency plan. Have maps, know where to go and where the family members will be in case of an emergency. Have a set meeting place in case you get separated.
- Consider the different types of emergencies in your area and think about how to prepare for them. (ie: If you have flooding, be prepared to stay in the house without electricity, ect.)
- Invest in a weather radio. In the event of power failure you will still need to know what weather is coming. The radio doesn’t need to be anything fancy. I recommend a hand crank model, like the one I have, THIS one.
Be aware that your state might be having severe weather drills this week. You can also find out more info on getting prepared at Ready.gov.