Not everyone prepares for the bad things that might happen. But the truth is, it’s important to do so. It’s thunderstorm season for us, and we also get hit with a lot of the outlying weather from hurricanes this time of year. Because of some of the storms we’ve had in Cleveland these past couple of weekends, we want to make sure you and your family are ready for whatever storm might be on its way.
An emergency kit is necessary for every home. You never know when you’ll need it, so it’s best to put one together sooner rather than later. According to the Red Cross, this is what should be in your kit:
1. Water, one gallon per person, per day
2. Food, non-perishable, easy to prepare
4. Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio
5. Extra batteries
6. First aid kit
7. Medications and medical items, 7-day supply
8. Multi-purpose tool
9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
10. Copies of personal documents
11. Cell phone with chargers
12. Family and emergency contact information
13. Extra cash
This kit is fairly simple to put together – you only need to set aside time to do it. Keep it somewhere with easy access.
If you have a smart phone, apps can be very helpful when it comes to safety. Read the following for our favorite weather and safety apps.
RadarScope is a thorough radar app. The radar tracks weather in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and refreshes every 6-8 minutes. You can do as little as watch out for storm warnings, or as much as finding the exact location the eye of a hurricane will fall. This app can be as basic or as powerful as you need it to be.
If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, the Guardly app can be lifesaving. By simply launching the app, your location will be sent to the authorities and you’ll be given direct two-way communication to send them more information. “It takes 8 taps to dial 911 on an iPhone (Home, Swipe, Phone, Keypad, 9, 1, 1, Send). It only takes 3 taps to launch Guardly (Home, Swipe, Guardly).”
Even if you think, it won’t happen to me, it is still better to prepare than to be caught off guard. We urge you to think ahead to ensure the safety of you and your family.