Severe Weather Safety Tips in Support of National Preparedness Month


Paul Davis, Contributing writer

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September and provides an opportunity to prepare now and throughout the year. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the readiness program focuses on safety during many types of emergencies. This year, the effort features an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. For more information, visit the website at
According to FEMA, take time to learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid, check insurance policies and coverage for possible hazards such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. And, consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. One’s action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, can be important when preparing in advance to help oneself, families, and residents in the community.

Here are the following safety tips:

Take Action  – Know the specific hazards and risks in your area.
Create a Family Emergency Plan – Know how to communicate during an emergency. ( plan download link below)
Build an emergency kit  – both at home and in the car – that includes at least three days of water, food and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lose power or get stranded in your car.
Be an example  – Be a positive influence in your community by sharing your preparedness story on social media to help others learn how to prepare for an emergency.
Get Involved  – Find out how you can promote preparedness in your community through the American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Items for a basic emergency kit –

Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three days
Food – include packaged, non-perishable food
Clothing – change of clothing and a sleeping bag for each person
Radio – battery-powered or hand crank radio, a NOAA Weather Radio
Cell phone and charger-
Batteries – for the flashlight, radio and any other electronics
First aid kit containing – sterile gloves, adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, iodine/alcohol pads, medical tape, pain reliever, emergency Mylar blanket, thermometer, prescription medications and supplies
Portable water proof containers – for IDs, insurance policies, bank account records, site maps, employee contacts, computer backup files, emergency and law enforcement information, and priority documents. Store a second set of records off-site.

Paul Davis Systems of Hampden County, Inc. a leading provider of fire, water, mold and storm damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties, can assist with being prepared during an emergency such as severe weather or a natural disaster.

LINK : Download emergency plan form at

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