Hooray for winter! Last night's blustery weather reminded me winter is just around the corner. Along with all the fun this time of year brings (visions of days spent shooshing down Mt. Hood dance through my head), come risks too.
Due to the relative mild Pacific Northwest winters, we tend to be a bit lax when it comes to preparing for severe storms. However, we do usually get at least one serious arctic blast that brings our cities to a halt and puts people, pets and property at risk.
Buck the trend and take action today. A little time dedicated to preparation now will make a big difference between enjoying a winter wonderland and suffering through a wicked weather event.
Secure Pacific recommends just a few items to give attention to:
- Assemble portable emergency kits – one each for the home, your vehicle, the office and the kids’ school. Include games, books or toys to entertain kids and supplies for pets.
- Keep at least three days’ supply of non-perishable food and water on hand.
- Establish a Family Communication Plan and Emergency Contact Cards.
- Check and clean smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; change batteries as needed.
- Keep cell phones, smart phones and laptops fully charged and carry chargers for those devices with you.
- When disaster strikes, ensure your own safety, and then check on family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are okay.
For a complete emergency preparation checklist, family communication & emergency contact card ideas, home preparation and risk prevention recommendations, and tips for a safer storm season, visit Take Winter By Storm.