March 7 – 13, 2021 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. Throughout the month of March, we will share resources and tips on how to prepare your family and home for severe weather.
Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for tornadoes:
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your insurance company for more information.
Create an emergency kit that contains water, food, and supplies. If you already have a kit, make sure the spare batteries work and the food is not expired. Include medications, spare batteries, flashlights, cash, and identification in your kit. Don’t forget your pets when you are gathering your supplies.
Include COVID-19 supplies, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, two cloth face coverings per person.
Create a communication plan. Make sure you communicate your plans with out-of-state family members and check in with them as soon as possible after the storm has passed. Establish calling trees, locate storm shelters and make necessary arrangements for your pets. Watch NC Emergency Management’s “Make a Plan” video for more information.
Identify and practice going to a safe shelter.
Emergency Contact Information
Write down a list of emergency contacts and keep a physical copy with you. It is important to include an emergency contact that lives out of your area and can be reached by emergency officials. Make sure you share the contact information with your family members.
Prepare your property
Secure loose items around the home and church: lawn furniture, playground equipment, etc.
It is important to have access to severe weather updates and information from emergency officials. Know where your local emergency shelters are located and what the evacuation routes are for your location. Download the FEMA or the ReadyNC app to stay updated during a storm.