Natural Disaster Safety
Are you ready for a natural disaster? Here are some simple steps to prepare yourself for potential emergencies. Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit. There should be at least a gallon of water per day per person and a minimum of 3 days’ worth. The water will be used for drinking or any sanitation needed. A three-day supply of nonperishable food. Also, you will need a manual can opener for the food. Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries. A whistle in case you need to signal for help. A dusk mask that will help filter any contaminated air. For personal sanitation, it's recommended to have moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties. Have a local map. Make sure your cell phone is charged but if not have a backup charger charged. At least one up to date fire extinguisher and inform everyone in your house its location. It is recommended to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Know how to turn off the utilities and have wrenches and pliers to do so if it is needed. The natural gas should be turned off if you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise and everyone should get outside quickly. If you ever need to turn off the natural gas, make sure you have a qualified person turn it back on. The mainline should be turned off if there are concerns for cracked lines and should only be turned back on once authorities say it's safe to drink. If your electricity needs to be turned off its recommended to shut off the circuits individual before turning off the main circuit.