Homework this weekend to become better prepared

Have a household talk during your next dinner.
(30 minutes)
  • Discuss which threats your household is concerned with.

  • Discuss what your plan is for home, school, work, and play.

  • Discuss individual responsibilities and how that ties into your plan if anyone is not present during a disaster or emergency.

Start an emergency kit for your home.
(15 minutes)
  • Begin with a storage tote or container that you will keep in (or near) the location of your house where you would seek shelter during a tornado warning.

    • The best container will seal and be waterproof and have carry handles.​

  • Look around your house for older items you don't use on a regular basis (e.g. work gloves, boots, et cetera).

  • Add any extra items you have around your house like flashlight (with batteries stored in a separate bag [not in the flashlight], utility knife, and duct or electrical tape.

  • Look through this list of items and see what you have around the house that you don't use on a regular basis that you can add to the container.  LIST

  • (Add) USB memory stick with scans of important documents and forms of identification. 

Start an emergency kit for your car.
(15 minutes)
  • Place a tote or bag in your car for your kit.  The best type will seal and be waterproof.

  • Should have at a minimum: 

    • Jumper cables

    • Flares or reflective triangle(s)

    • Ice scraper

    • Blanket

    • State travel map

    • Flashlight with batteries (and spare batteries).

  • Add a first aid kit.

  • Add Duct or Gorilla tape.

  • Add Moist towelettes and a few spare garbage bags (with plastic ties).

  • Add mechanics tool kit for common auto parts replacement.

  • Add extra phone charger and cable.  A backup battery to charge your phone could also be added (recharge Fall and Spring) for emergency use.

Start an emergency kit for your pet.
(10 minutes)
  • Carry bag with strap (best if waterproof).

  • Three days of food pre-measured & bagged.  Rotate the food each time you open a new bag.

  • Store any pet medications in the bag (ready to go at a moment's notice).

  • Extra leash and a roll of poo-bags.

  • Water bowl.

  • Familiar items (toys, treats, et cetera).

  • (Add) Printed and laminated photo of you and your dog(s) together.

  • (Add) Copy of medical records printed out and saved on a USB memory stick in your emergency kit.

Check your car for winter weather.
(10 minutes)
  • Check and top off antifreeze fluid levels.

  • Check the tread on your tire.  How to know if your tire passes?  

    • With this easy test, a penny can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your tires and safety.

    • Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced.

    • If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means you probably don’t need new tires.

  • Check your lights and flashing hazard lights.​

  • Check the oil level and top off as appropriate.

  • Test your heater.

  • Inspect your windshield wipers to see if they need replaced.  Top off your washer fluid level.

Conduct a fire drill.
(10 minutes)
  • At least twice a year, push the smoke alarm button to start your home fire drill.

  • Get out fast.

  • Practice escaping from bedrooms when people are asleep.

  • Make sure everyone in your household can open all doors and windows. 

  • Go to your meeting place.

  • In a real fire, get out and stay out.  Call 9-1-1 from outside.

  • Make sure everyone in your family knows how to call 9-1-1.

Rotate your stock.
(5 minutes)
  • Check your pantry and move older items (not expired) to the front and newer items to the rear.  This will help you to ensure you are not wasting food and keeping things fresh.

Locate Water, Gas, and Electricity Shut-Offs.
(5 minutes)
  • Show members of your household where to go and what direction to turn valves or throw switches to shut-off utilities in an emergency.

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