Take Care of Survival Essentials
Power such as gas and electricity may be out after a severe storm. Keep flashlights, extra batteries, candles, and lighters readily available.
Everyone in the household of a certain age should know where and how to turn off utilities such as electricity, water, and gas as a temporary safety measure when needed.
Food and Water
Storm damage can also affect the water supply to your home. Store a reserve of drinking water in large containers. A five-day supply is usually adequate.
Conventional cooking may be impossible, so stock up on food supplies that require little to no preparation. Turn your fridge and freezer to the coldest setting. This will help to preserve your food longer if the power goes out.
Protect sentimental and important documents in a fireproof safe, such as marriage license, insurance policies, birth certificates, and passports.
Maintain a well-stocked first aid kit and have a supply of blankets on hand. Turn off and unplug electrical appliances and propane gas tanks. An unexpected power surge could damage your appliances or cause of a house fire.
Also, use caution when exposed to stormwater runoff or a sewage backup. These are examples of category 3 (black water), which is toxic to humans. Consumption will cause serious illness or death. Wash or sanitize your hands upon contact with polluted water.
It is crucial to stay informed of the latest weather and local news. Keep a battery-operated AM/FM radio tuned into the weather bureau or local emergency service station.
Storm Preparedness on the Exterior of Your Property
Take steps to prepare and protect your property the best you can when you know a storm is headed your way.
- Check Gutters and Downspouts
Ensure your gutter system works correctly. Clogged gutters overflow, causing stormwater to flood your yard and often enter your home during heavy downpours.
- Roof Check-up
Secure loose tiles or sheeting and make necessary repairs. Remove branches that overhang your roofline to prevent them from breaking off and causing damage during a storm.
- Remove or Secure Loose Items in Your Yard
Potted plants, kids’ bikes and toys, garden ornaments, lawn chairs, and so on should all be moved inside the home to prevent them from becoming projectiles during high winds.
- Fill the Gas Tanks and Move Vehicles into the Garage
Flying debris can damage your car, particularly the windows. Back up against the interior of the garage door. This will help to prevent your garage door from twisting and buckling during high winds. A full tank of gas prepares you for a quick getaway or evacuation. Nearby gas stations may not be in operation.
- Secure Windows and Doors
Be sure windows and doors close properly so as not to let rain or debris inside. Repair and weatherproof as needed. Cover with plastic or plywood as deemed sensible.
Get more safety information and the latest storm activity from the Phoenix Storms and Monsoons guide.
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