How to prepare yourself for severe weather

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – When severe weather strikes, we want to make sure you’re ready for any emergency, and so does the Eau Claire Emergency Management team.

September is National Preparedness Month. In times of severe weather, emergency management said being prepared could potentially save a life. The team said to ask yourself, ‘Am I ready for a worst case scenario?’

“Being prepared for the worst case scenario will help you a lot more through any scenario, whether that’s just a long-term power outage in the middle of winter, to a tornado damaging, or destroying parts if communities, to major flooding,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Tyler Esh. “Being prepared for any situation will really help you be able to get through that situation better.”

Esh said if there’s a tornado, have a kit of supplies in the basement, to last you at least 72 hours. These emergency kits can include water, food, blankets, ponchos, first aid, a whistle and more.

Back up important documents like your social security card and birth certificate, just in case they’re destroyed. Have the appropriate insurance to cover flooded basements or trees falling on your homes or cars. Communicate with your family and friends, so you know how to react in emergencies.

Finally, don’t get surprised. Know if something is coming.

Related story: Eau Claire Emergency Management has alerting software that could save your life

This can include checking your local weather stations, or even sign up for phone notifications from the Emergency Management team. You can also follow Eau Claire Emergency Management on social media.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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