Prepare Now for Summer Storms

Now is the time to prepare for summer storms.  You never know when a storm will pop up in your area and cause power outages or other problems.  Being prepared reduces the risk during and after disasters. When in the path of the storm, you should collect supplies and potentially evacuate.  The Georgia Department of Public Health says that if an evacuation is ordered, evacuate quickly, don’t hesitate. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency recommends: Water, one gallon per person per day, for at least three days, for drinking and hygiene; Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; Radio, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries for both; Emergency charger for mobile devices; Flashlight and extra batteries; First aid kit; Whistle, in order to signal for help; Face 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 hygiene; Wrench, to turn off utilities; and Local maps.  Three days before, determine whether it is best for your family to leave, regardless of official evacuation orders. The major cause of destruction associated with most severe storms is not short-term, high-speed wind but long-term water that accumulates causing flooding. Unknown contaminants and sharp objects in the water may also cause disease or infection. The Department of Public Health offers tetanus shots to combat these infections.