If your a native Iowan you have probably heard the Phrase “Wait a few minutes it will change”, when it comes to Iowa weather. With the threat of tornados, thunderstorms, flooding, snow storms and earthquakes. Yes earthquakes, Iowa has its very own fault running through the center of it. Even though it isn’t as prominent as the latter it still is a possibility. Why not take those few minutes and sit down with your family and create a family plan for these emergencies. By clicking on the family image above you can have your very own family planing list to prepare your family for the very worst. Take those few minutes and be proactive in these situations.
As winter weather sets in, you may have to take extra precautions to keep your family safe or to prevent property damage. The Weather Channel highlights 22 things to avoid as you prepare for winter, including:
Failing to Clean the Gutters Before Freezing Weather Arrives. Cleaning gutters is important when protecting and preparing your home for the winter months. Gutters help keep icicles from forming along the roofline. Icicles may damage shingles, which can cause water to leak into your home.
Going to Bed Before Heating Sources Have Cooled. Before you go to bed or leave the house, ensure that space heaters have cooled and are powered off. If you have built a fire in the fireplace, be sure that the embers are no longer burning.
Forgetting to Develop a Fire Escape Plan. According to the U.S. Fire Administration,the risk of home fires increases with the use of alternative heating sources, so it's important to develop and rehearse an escape plan. (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/escape.html )
The official start of winter begins December 21, but some parts of the country are already experiencing severe winter weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. One of the most common problems is frostbite.
ASSEMBLING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
You may be without power and heat for several days. Have a family discussion; think through what three days without power, water, or heat would feel like. Gather the basic supplies your family would need if grocery stores and other services are unavailable; if power, water, and gas is interrupted; or if you cannot leave your home. Be sure to review your emergency supplies every fall. Basic emergency supplies should include the following, most of which you probably already have in your home.
WATER – Ensure you have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days. (Store a longer than 3-day supply of water, if possible). An average person needs to drink about 3/4 of a gallon of fluid daily. Individual needs vary depending on age, gender, health, level of activity, food choices, and climate. You may also need stored water for food preparation.
FOOD – Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food for members of your household, including pets. Consider special dietary needs (e.g., infant formula). Include a non-electric can opener for canned food.
FLASHLIGHT, RADIO, and CELL PHONE CHARGER – You will need to be able to charge these items without electricity. Your flashlight and radio should be either hand-cranked or battery-powered, and stored with extra batteries. Your cell phone charger should be hand-crank, solar, or able to be charged from a car outlet.
MEDICAL – Include first aid kit, prescription and non-prescription/over-the-counter medications, and medical supplies.
SANITATION – Pack supplies for sanitation, such as hand sanitizer, towelettes, paper products, diapers, and plastic bags, for use when water resources are limited.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY – Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.
EXTRA CLOTHING, BLANKETS, and SLEEPING BAGS – Dress in layers to keep warm if you lose power. Ensure you have enough clothing, hats, mittens, and blankets or sleeping bags for everyone in the house.
ITEMS FOR SNOW AND ICE – Stock up on rock salt to melt ice on walkways or sand or kitty litter to improve traction and snow shovels or other snow removal equipment.
WOOD – Store a supply of dry, seasoned wood if you have a working fireplace or wood-burning stove with a safe flue or vent.