As we enter the new year, #ResolvetobeReady for emergencies or disasters. As with any goal or resolution, breaking it down into manageable actions is a key to success. Start with one thing. For example, have external power sources available to charge phones and other devices in case of a power outage.
When the calendar says it is still fall, but the weather says winter is on the way, learn how to stay safe before, during, & after winter storms & extreme cold with the tips below and by visiting: www.ready.gov/winter
Each year approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat. Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an extreme heat hazard:
- Heat Wave – Prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.
- Excessive Heat Watch – Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.
- Excessive Heat Warning – Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs=105-110° Fahrenheit).
- Heat Advisory – Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs=100-105° Fahrenheit).
Then, follow these tips and #BeatTheHeat!
June is National Pet Preparedness month. Just as we prepare ourselves and other members of our families for emergencies, if we live with pets, we need to gather emergency supplies and make plans for our pets too. Not sure how to get started? This fact sheet from ready.gov/pets is a great resource.
Important basics to include in your pet’s emergency kit are:
- at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container
- a first aid kit appropriately stocked for your pet’s emergency needs
- collar with ID tag, harness or leash, and vaccination information
- favorite toys, treats, and bedding
Watch how Basil the Disaster Kitten gets prepared for a natural disaster in this fun video from the Humane Society of the United States.