How ready are you for severe weather? These 10 tips will help you prepare

How ready are you for severe weather like tropical storms and hurricanes?
During severe weather, tri-state area residents should take caution and be on the lookout for flash flooding, which can make for hazardous road conditions. There is a potential for strong winds, which can cause power outages, and dangerous rip currents, as well as coastal and local flooding.
These tips can help you prepare:

1. Preparedness kit

Create an emergency preparedness kit with food and water, batteries and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Remember to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for children and pets. Click here for a list of supplies you should have.

2. Know your evacuation route

If you are in a flood zone, know your evacuation route and create a plan with your family. Put sandbags around areas of your property that are prone to flooding.

3. Emergency numbers

Keep a list of emergency phone numbers. Click here to print out a card for every member of your household from the American Red Cross.

4. Know where to go if you’re separated

Plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency, and what to do if you must evacuate. Create a plan to reconnect with loved ones if communication networks are down. Have a back-up battery to charge your cellphone. Complete a contact card for each member of your household, and ensure that they carry it with them.

5. Include your pet in a family emergency plan

The number one step in preparing your pet and family for an emergency is to talk with your family to determine an emergency plan that includes your pet. Here are some more tips for an emergency bag.

6. Check on neighbors

Check on any elderly or disabled neighbors.

7. Remove loose items

If a storm is predicted, remove any loose items from your yard, including garbage cans and patio furniture.

8. Flooded areas

Avoid walking and driving through flooded areas. As few as six inches of moving water can knock a person over or cause them to lose control of a car.

9. Downed power lines

Stay away from downed power lines. Just because the wires have fallen doesn’t mean they are not active.

10. Be informed

Understand which disasters are likely to occur in your area and what you must know to stay safe. Tune in to local news on TV or an emergency, battery-powered or hand-crank radio.