Spring brings us long-awaited sunshine and warmer weather. Spring can also bring unpredictable spring storms. A little bit of preparation can ensure that your family is prepared no matter what spring weather has in store.
Since spring weather can mean storms that bring hail, lightning, and strong winds. It can also drench us with flooding and other wet conditions. Keeping these types of weather in mind will help you to prepare efficiently for whatever the season throws your way.
Take a look at these tips and prepare yourself and your home for spring’s unexpected weather emergencies.
Anytime of the year it’s important to ensure your home is stocked with a good first aid kit. Stock a small airtight container with the following: Band-Aids and bandages, disposable rubber gloves, antibiotic ointment, scissors, tweezers, gauze, cloth tape, aspirin, and any medications you or a family member might need (keeping in mind emergency allergy medicines for family members with severe allergies.) There are also loads of first aid books on the market. Have a book included in your kit to address anything you’re unfamiliar with.
Stocking up on flashlights, replacement batteries, and a hand crank radio are also great ways to prepare. Power outages are more common during stormy months, so these on hand are great ways to prepare for intermittent power outages.
It’s a good idea to keep at least a 3- to 5-day supply of nonperishable foods on hand, along with water for at least that many days. Stock items that are easy to eat without cooking but supply a nutritional punch. High protein items and complex carbohydrates are incredibly important during an emergency situation.
Blankets are a great item to keep on hand, especially considering the unpredictable temperature changes in springtime. It’s also a great idea to keep a tarp with your emergency kit. Inexpensive rain ponchos can protect you from the elements if you need to go outside in the rain.
Keep a small selection of toiletries on hand. You could pack a bag with toothpaste, toothbrushes, baby wipes, deodorant, and hand sanitizer. These toiletries will be incredibly useful if you don’t have access to your home or bathroom.
Keep a list of emergency contacts easily accessible. Next-of-kin and your physician’s phone numbers are not always easy to remember in emergency situations. Plan to keep a list of any medical conditions and treatment for each family member who suffers from anything life threatening. It’s also a great idea to keep insurance policy information and contact numbers in a central location in case of extensive property damage.
It doesn’t take long to compile an emergency kit that could save your life when an emergency hits. Start today by gathering items that will be used specifically for this kit’s purpose and rest easy knowing that you’ve prepared adequately for whatever spring’s weather has to throw at us!