It’s that’s time of year when the TV weather guessers roll up their sleeves and preach the woes of nature. If Monday’s and Tuesday’s weather rumble didn’t hit you, congrats. But did it make you wonder “What if?”
Since North Texas is slated for a couple of weeks of stormy weather, here are some reminders for the next time that you have to pull a “get to your safe place” situation:
- Emergency kit — Make your own “Emergency Kit” that should include the basics like flashlights, battery-powered radio, prescription medications in ZipLocs, water, hand-operated can opener, etc. Add some extras that fit the needs of your household. For instance, if you have little ones, have games that can be played without electricity. If you have pets, include their medications. Stow “the kit” in a spot that easy to reach like a closet, not an attic or the garage.
- Flashlights — While candles are wonderful for romantic dinners, there’s nothing like a flashlight when the lights go out. Another member of the flashlight family tree is the battery-operated lantern. They are literally brilliant in lighting up a room when it’s “lights out.”
- Batteries — Without these babes of electric strength, the flashlights and lanterns are no-shows. And you really don’t want that. Stock up on ‘em. But be warned: Don’t leave them in the flashlights and lanterns when you don’t need them. They tend to get fuzzy and stale if not used.
- Papers — If you have important documents (i.e. birth and wedding certificates, passports and TSA correspondence, etc.), stow them in a “Ziploc” or better yet a safety deposit box.
- The Cloud — If you’re a member of the internet world, make sure that you’re backed up on your Cloud of choice. If you’re hit by devastation, computers may be slung around like ping-pong balls. When the dust settles, you’ll feel comforted knowing that all your “stuff” is elsewhere.
- Children — They haven’t a clue on what’s going on and the radio and TV announcements may scare them. Just tell them the game plan for your home. You do have a game plan? If they’re in school, tell them that their schools have drills for a purpose and to pay attention.
- Pets — Talk with your vet on how to work with your pets. While your critters seem to know ahead of time that something’s up, they depend on you for their well being. Your pet health-care provider will know how to handle the situation, whether it’s medication and confinement or both.
- Insurance — Put your insurance contact on your cellphone.
While some of these ideas may seem a bit overboard, you just need them once for them to make sense.