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It’s a Good Time to Check Your Severe Weather Safety Plan

| January 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am

With a severe weather threat for this week across North and Central Alabama, now is a good time to review your severe weather safety plan.

When severe weather threatens, stack the odds in your favor by having a plan and a reliable way to get warnings immediately.

Here are some things that you need to consider when you make your plan:

  • Think about the place you will go on a moment’s notice if severe weather strikes.
  • Pick a place where family members can gather: the basement, bathroom, an interior hallway or closet on the lowest floor.
  • Make sure your home, school, workplace and church have a designated shelter.
  • Pay attention to weather information during the risk.
  • Have redundant sources of weather warnings.
  • Notify friends and family who may not be aware.
  • Have shoes, wallet, emergency kit and phone close by so you can grab them on a moment’s notice.
  • Keep important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Don’t forget your pets: collars with identification, sturdy leashes, food/drinking water/bowls, cat litter/pan, pet beds and toys.
  • Do drills with your family. Include pets.

Every family should have an emergency supply kit. Some items to consider.

    • Battery powered radio and Weatheradio with extra batteries
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Bottled water for people and pets. Try to have one gallon per person per day that you expect to be isolated.
    • Energy food, including nuts and energy bars
    • Bike or football helmets
    • Baby supplies including diapers, food and formula
    • Air horn or whistle to signal rescuers

Finally, make sure sure your family knows where their safe places are and what they should do in various situations. Have a prearranged meeting spot for before and after the storm. Know how you will contact each other.

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Bill Murray is the President of The Weather Factory. He is the site's official weather historian and a weekend forecaster. He also anchors the site's severe weather coverage. Bill Murray is the proud holder of National Weather Association Digital Seal #0001 @wxhistorian

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