SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – September 1 marks the unofficial start of fall, but extreme and dangerous weather can occur at any time of the year.
Quentin Black, deputy director of the Greene County Emergency Management Office, said, “As the fall season arrives you will start to notice a lot less vegetation and it will cause a lot more flooding.”
Missouri and Arkansas produce an average of two tornadoes per month in September and October. At this time of year we also see severe storms and even flooding. The snow fell in October.
Linda Davis, Community Readiness Manager for FEMA, said, âWe love to share the message of readiness in an effort to move people from just realizing the importance of readiness to taking action. to make them prepare. “
These steps begin with preparing an emergency kit and developing an emergency preparedness plan. The kit and plan should be updated with the changing seasons.
For example, as the days will soon be cooler, add warm clothes to the kit and make sure an ice scraper is in the back of your car. Also pack some kitty litter in your car to provide traction in snow or ice.
Don’t let your phone be the primary source of a flashlight. In an emergency, your phone may be misplaced or run out of battery.
âHaving a self-contained flashlight is beneficial for every kit,â Black said.
You also don’t want to rely solely on your phone to receive warnings. Have a NOAA weather radio in your kit.
Davis said: “I also encourage people, especially families, to make sure they have shoes to go back there.”
Check that the batteries in your kit are not corroded. Make sure the food has not passed the expiration date. Restock the first aid kit with more bandages and dressings.
Place the kit somewhere easy to grab, then work on your emergency plan.
Davis said, âHow will you communicate? How will you know if you have to leave and evacuate? How will you do this if you need shelter in place, where will you be in your house? “
For tips on how to make an emergency plan, visit Loan.gov
Springfield Greene County Emergency Management Office has tips available on their website for developing an emergency plan.
Items to put in your kit:
- Cash as ATMs and credit card machines may not work during power outages
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
- Food (at least three days of non-perishable food), manual can opener, and pet essentials
- Flash light
- First aid kit and prescription drugs
- Whistle for help
- Local maps
- Mobile phone with chargers and back-up battery
- Wrench or pliers to deactivate utilities
- Wet wipes, garbage bags and plastic clips for personal hygiene and sanitation
- Dust mask to help filter possibly contaminated air
- Additional batteries
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