by: Kirsten Land on April 5th, 2016 about General
With warmer (and wetter!) spring weather, we all know to expect a bit of the unexpected as well. Are you ready for this spring’s storms? We want your family to be safe this spring, so here’s a quick checklist you can use to make sure you’re prepared.
Consider this to-do list an investment in your peace of mind later this spring.
Register your storm shelter
The City of Oklahoma City provides a registry as a service for residents within city limits that helps first responders identify their shelter in an emergency situation. Police, fire, and emergency medical service will be able to use this information if your area has experienced a tornado or other disaster.
You can take care of it quickly online and even add an optional name and phone number of an emergency contact person if you’d like.
Create your family’s emergency supply kit
You may already have an emergency bag for your family, but it’s important to check it at least once a year to make sure you have everything you’ll need in it. Keep it in a dry, easily accessible location. If you can store it in your storm shelter, that’s ideal.
FEMA has a checklist you can use to create an emergency supply kit, or make sure you have the right supplies in yours.
Clean shelter and add a radio
You never know when you’ll need to use your storm shelter, so make sure it’s in usable condition as soon as you can. Clean it out if it’s been used to store any nonessentials. That way, you’ll have plenty of room for people if you need to use it in a storm this spring.
If you don’t already have a weather radio in your storm shelter, now’s a great time to get one to store in there! It’s also a good idea, if you do have a weather radio in your shelter, to test it and see if it’s in good working order. Replace the batteries if necessary.
Add your speed dial numbers
Before spring storms hit, think of who you’ll need to call in the event of a serious storm. Do you have neighbors or family members who will use your shelter? Do you have kids in college who may need to be reminded to be weather-aware? Add them to a list on your phone-even a group text-so you can get in touch quickly in an emergency.
After the storm passes, of course, you’re welcome to call us out to identify any roof damage and make repairs if necessary. Your first priority is keeping your family safe, though! Use this list to prepare ahead of time for storms so you’re ready no matter when or where they hit.