OHIO — Spring is approaching and with warmer temperatures comes a greater chance for severe weather. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is notifying Ohioans of resources available to better prepare for severe weather.
Spring hazards include:
Know Your Risk
Check weather.gov every morning. It is a simple action that will ensure that you’re ready for the day’s weather. Don’t leave home without knowing the forecast.
Assemble an emergency supplies kit with 72 hours worth of food and water. In an emergency (such as after a tornado or some other natural hazard event), you may be stuck at home without electricity for three days or more. Make sure that you’re prepared. Also, ensure that everyone in your life knows how to stay in touch with an emergency communication plan. This plan lists meeting places and alternate ways of communicating in case of emergency.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
What you should know about Severe Weather
• Know what to do before, during, and after severe weather.
• Create a communications plan with your family before severe weather hits.
• Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
• Listen to local officials.
• Check your insurance policies to ensure you have enough coverage.
• Evacuate if advised by local authorities.
Severe weather can strike at any time. Know the risk in your area and get prepared.
Senator Sherrod Brown can be contacted via his Cincinnati office, 425 Walnut St., Suite 2310, Cincinnati, OH 45202. Phone (513) 684-1021, Toll Free 1-888-896-6446.