Summer is upon us bringing severe thunderstorms, flooding, hurricanes, tropical storms and tornado's. Recently Maryland was hit with a bad storm that left thousands of people without power, some without power and water for well over a week. Temps were in the high 90's to over 100+. Grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses were closed.
Yesterday we were hit with severe storms twice. People are without power today. Also yesterday I heard my cell phone make a very loud strange noise. When I looked at it, there was a text message from the National Weather Service stating there was a severe storm in my area and to be prepared for high winds and flooding.
Are you prepared for bad weather?
I have the following in my house just in case of a storm that will take out my power:
Can goods that can be eaten cold(with a can opener for foods without a pop top lid)
Batteries for flashlights and camping lanterns(I don't go camping but these are great in a power outage) Yesterday I downloaded an LED Flashlight APP for my phone and it works perfectly. I figured it would light my way to the flashlight. I keep a flashlight hanging on a door frame where it stays permanently and I always know where it is.
Battery powered radio. Yes they still make those…lol
Charcoal/propane you can cook on your grill. My stove has an electric pilot light and it is iffy when the power goes out.
Medications and supplies get a first aid kit and keep it handy
Water Alarm for your basement. We have one that you simply put on the floor. It is battery powered and yesterday was the first time it sounded when water entered the basement.
Pet food for your babies and medications they may need to take
Gas up cars and generators
Charge your cell phones, ipads, laptops and other things you have that can be charged.
When we heard about the first blizzard, we went to the grocery store early in the week. The first to go is bottled water, milk, bread, toilet paper and twinkies. I put meat meat, milk, bread and I made soup and cooked veggies and froze them. Had I lost power, much of my food could have been heated or cooked on the grill. Yes we do bbq in the snow. As cold as it was I could have put frozen food in coolers packed with snow outside to keep if from going bad.
The key is to be prepared and pay attention to news broadcast. We once had a weather forecast that called for snow flurries. Two feet of snow later, found a lot of people ill prepared.
You can also visit your state or counties website for disaster preparedness tips. Baltimore City sends out alerts through the Police Departments twitter, Facebook and the police departments alert system. I also get Alerts through the Mayors Office, Health Department and Public Works email system. It helps to like these pages if your area has them.
Stay Safe and Enjoy Your Summer
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