This week was Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is important to be prepared for thunderstorms as we move into the late Spring and Summer. To be prepared you should have a plan in the event of severe weather. For example, where are the safer places in your home/your community? Do you have someone outside your community for everyone in your family to contact should you get separated? Do you have multiple ways to know if there are weather warnings in effect for your area? Remember, don’t rely on sirens if indoors. Sirens are meant for those close enough to hear them while outdoors however they can still fail to sound due to mechanical or other issues (such as prior lightning strike).
Besides a safety plan of action, it is important to have your severe weather preparedness kit ready for the season ahead. Here are some things you should include:
Severe Weather Preparedness Kit:
- NOAA Weather Radio (Get a radio with S.A.M.E. technology to only alert for the local county or counties of your choice. I recommend the Midland WR-120 or WR-300.)
- Battery operated radio (If power goes out for an extended period of time this is very important.)
- Flashlight (Do NOT use candles as these can lead to a fires.)
- Spare batteries
- Non-perishable food
- First Aid Kit
- Baby food/supplies (if necessary)
- Pet food/supplies (if necessary)
FEMA also has more on their Be Ready website on how to prepare for disasters of all types.
If you have questions about preparing for severe weather season, your preparedness kit or any other weather question send Elise an email at elise [at] treasuredhavenfarm [dot] com.
Stay safe this severe weather season! Follow the Storm Prediction Center for severe weather outlooks and your local National Weather Service office for your daily forecasts and warnings in the case of severe weather.