People all around the world are affected by severe weather, but many are not completely informed or prepared when storms actually strike. It can be hard to imagine our own homes being impacted by severe weather but it can happen.  In the aftermath of the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, it is now more important than ever to have a plan to keep your family safe.  Here are some ways you can prepare yourself and your home for severe weather.


Be Informed.
Go to to find out about any natural disasters that could possibly occur in your area. Know the hazards that have happened or could happen in your community and how you will find out about them. Although communities vary, a common method is to broadcast over emergency radio and TV or you may hear a special siren, get a phone call, or emergency workers may knock on your door.


Make an Emergency Plan.
Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family and decide how you will contact each other, where you will meet, and what you will do in different situations. Having this emergency plan will help you be prepared during and after a natural disaster. It is also a good idea to find out about emergency plans at places away from your home such as work, school, sports events, and commuting.


Build a Disaster Supply Kit.
In case of an emergency, put together a simple collection of basic items that you may need during severe weather. Make sure you have enough food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours and keep in mind that most people will use one gallon of water per day for drinking and sanitation. A battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert is also a must. For more resources about building your kit, go to


Get Involved.
There are many ways to help before severe weather hits, including volunteering to support disaster efforts in your community with organizations such as Citizen Corps, becoming part of the community planning process, joining a preparedness project, or making a donation. Visit or for more opportunities to help and get involved.


It is important to understand that almost every area is at some risk for a natural disaster which is why knowing how to be prepared is absolutely necessary to protect your home and your family from all types of severe weather.



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