We have all been there before: the emergency alerts blast across the TV screen and the sirens go off beckoning you to take shelter in your basement. You scramble to gather supplies in case you are stuck in the lower level for an extended period of time. Panicked, you run through a mental checklist of all you might need. And what if the power goes out? Are you prepared?
Before you find yourself in a precarious situation, it is a good idea to ensure that you are fully prepared. Below is a checklist that will help you to be prepared to withstand the spring Midwest storms.
- Remote Chargers
Don’t get caught with low cell phone batteries! You can purchase remote phone chargers and store them in your basement to ensure you are able to keep mobile devices charged up in case the power goes out in a storm.
- Backup Battery
If you do lose power at any point in time, know that your home security system will still keep you safe and protected. All of our home security systems are installed with a battery backup that will last anywhere from 2-6 hours and up to 24 hours with an extended battery.
- Non-Perishable Food
You never know how long a storm will last or how long power will be out due to storms. If the power goes out, you will want to ensure that you are not opening refrigerators and freezers to preserve the food inside. In this situation, you will want to ensure you and your family have plenty of non-perishable food to eat in the meantime.
Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority during extreme weather systems. A storm could impact the public water system. Often during or immediately after a storm, a boil water advisory will be issued, meaning there could be contaminants in the water that could make it unsafe to drink
Some basements do not have appropriate lighting, or if the power goes out you may need to provide your own light sources. You will want to stock up on lanterns, flashlights, and other alternate light sources. Candles are discouraged as they can be a fire hazard, but in a pinch they could be appropriate. Make sure you have a lighter or matches handy if this is your only option.
- Kids Activities
Weathering severe weather with bored children can be stressful and frustrating. Plan ahead to ensure your kids are distracted from the scary storm by making sure to stock your designated storm shelter with board games, crayons and paper, puzzles, playdough, etc.
- Blankets and Pillows
Often you have to seek shelter from a storm at night. Ensure you have all you need to stay warm and comfortable if you find yourself needing to spend the night.
- Storm Radio
One of the main reasons why you need a weather radio in your home is to keep you informed in the event that the power goes out. It is easy to wipe the battery of our phones and tablets during a power outage, but that is when we need to receive updated information on the ongoing situation developing outside. Weather radios typically run on batteries or some even have solar panels and a hand crank on them, too. Whichever model you prefer, make sure a weather radio and spare batteries are always in your weather emergency kit.
CONTACT US TO PREPARE FOR SPRING STORMS
Check off some of your spring preparedness checklist at the Strauss showroom. And for extra security, contact Strauss Security Solutions today and learn more about what a home security system can do for you.