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  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   OK. Now you're prepared for the worst, and you have significantly reduced the effects a major emergency will have on you. Part 2 of this article reviews what to do as the weather becomes threatening.

      
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Learn first aid and how to administer CPR.

      Make sure you know how to operate a fire extinguisher

      And consider joining one of the volunteer emergency organizations - the better you understand what may happen, the easier it will be to handle it if and when it does

      Make advance arrangements for your pets - possibly a pet carrier for small animals, and safe accommodation for larger animals.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   These include

      Checking your house and property insurance. Get the best you can afford, and remember that even if you live on a floodplain you can still get flood insurance. At the same time, make an inventory of your possessions.

      Arrange secure storage of small valuable items and documents, preferably away from your house. Include copies of credit and ID cards.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Prepare wallet sized summaries of locations and phone numbers for each family member, while cell phones should help you to keep in touch.

      Long Term Plans

      So far everything I've suggested assumes that you will, some day, need to act fast to protect yourself against a developing emergency.

      This section covers preparations which should benefit you regardless of whether an emergency arises.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Emergencies often happen at the most inconvenient times. Your family may be scattered between home, work and school when the weather becomes threatening, and you may remain separated for some time until things return to normal.

      Work out in advance what procedures are likely to be followed - does the school have an emergency plan and shelter? How about the work place? It will help if each family member knows what to do, and what others will be doing and where they are likely to be during an emergency.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Evacuations can be a matter of choice or they may be mandatory. Becoming familiar with exit routes will reduce much of the stress of having to move out fast.

      In some cases, such as tornadoes, you may need to use a nearby shelter. Again prior knowledge of its location and easiest access will be invaluable.

      Communication Between Family Members
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Advisories of threats and hazards are broadcast over dedicated radio frequencies (to avoid interference from commercial broadcasts) and can be received on specially modified weather radios.

      More information on the Weather Radio Service and equipment can be found at http://www.home-weather-stations-guide.com/weather-radio.html
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   Shelter and Evacuation

      Most severe weather emergencies arrive without much warning. You may need to leave your home and move to a safer area.

      Early warning and sound planning will reduce the stress of any emergency, and the first step is to be well informed.

      And there is no better way than to use the Weather Radio Service provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the EAS (Emergency Alert Service).
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   When considering your home, a great shortcut is to contact your local emergency management office or the Red Cross to see what information they have on your area. You should be able to find FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) hazard maps and other relevant material to help with your planning.

      It's also worth thinking about other places you regularly visit - the beach, the lake, relatives - and even where you go on vacation.
  • 2 Years Ago

    Comment to Topic Posted by Graham McClung › Handling Weather Emergencies: Part 1 - Forward Planning Makes The Difference
  •   What can you do now to help you handle the emergency competently, and then return to normal life quickly?

      What Are The Biggest Risks?

      This sounds pretty easy, because you know where you live, and what sort of weather to expect as the seasons change.

      But when you get down to it, severe weather is often just normal weather become stronger, or bigger, or longer lasting.
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