The Holidays are Coming!

8 11 2010

So perhaps we are lucky that El Paso does not get severe weather in the winter, however, that is all the more reason to prepare just in case we do receive a couple of inches of snow. It is important to share tips with family members and co-workers and to have a plan in place. It is especially important to be informed since during the Holidays, we tend to host family and friends, use more electricity and gas, and therefore risks do increase. The following is an article released by FEMA on the importance of Weather Radios.

Winter Storm Preparedness: Weather Radios and Disaster Supply Kits

With winter rapidly approaching, every family should be prepared to face another season of destructive cold, storms and flooding. Every home should have a Disaster Supply Kit that includes a weather radio. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge all residents to act now to assemble their family’s emergency supplies before the start of the winter storm season.
The National Weather Service forecasters provide routine weather programming at all times. During life-threatening weather conditions, the radios send out a special alarm tone. This is critical, because weather can turn deadly very fast. Ice Storms and flash flooding are two examples which can occur when people are sleeping or unaware of the forecast. Both can be deadly if people do not have an emergency plan or enough warning so that they can get to a safe place.
With a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, you will be alerted to dangerous weather and have time to take shelter. NOAA Weather Radios also broadcast warnings and information regarding technological disasters, such as chemical releases or oil spills. They can be purchased at most stores that sell electronic devices. Most run on batteries or have battery back-up.
Every home should be stocked with a supply kit and when storing the supplies, keep them easily accessible in case of an evacuation.
Source: http://www.FEMA.org

FYI: A Disaster Supply Kit should contain the following:
• Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
• Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking utensils / fuel, paper plates, plastic utensils
• Blankets / Pillows, etc.
• Clothing – seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes
• Medical supplies – first aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs
• Special Items – for infants and the elderly
• Toiletries – hygiene items
• Moisture wipes
• Flashlight – extra batteries
• Radio – battery-operated and NOAA weather radio
• Cash – (Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.)
• Important documents – in a waterproof container
Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc
• Keys
• Toys, books and games
• Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
• Vehicle fuel tanks filled
• Pet care items
Proper identification, immunization records, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, medications, muzzle and leash.

Please be safe and enkoy the Holiday season!

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