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Daylight Savings Time Begins Tonight

 

At 2am Tomorrow morning, March, 11th, 2012 we bump the clock ahead 1 hour to encompass daylight savings time. The question of “Are you prepared” will be answered. But take the following quiz to find out if you are prepared.

 

1. Are all of your clocks set forward 1 hour?

2. Did you put fresh batteries in your smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors?

3. Did you check/replace the batteries in your weather radio?

4. Did you check the batteries for your flashlights in your emergency disaster kit?

5. Did you check the expiration date of extra food in your emergency disaster kit?

 

If you answered no to any of these, you are not prepared. If you answered “I don’t have a weather radio or an emergency disaster kit.” Then you are definitely not prepared.

Why is it that if you don’t have a weather radio or an emergency disaster kit that we would not be prepared? Truth be told, due to the days being longer and the sun setting later with Daylight Savings Time, the risk for Severe Weather increases; especially during the evening hours. More daylight means more daytime heating, meaning increased threat for instability, meaning increased threat for severe weather

 

How can you be prepared?

Purchase a weather radio. Weather radios offer a chance to get the word of impending severe weather in a timely manner. They are relatively inexpensive (between $20 and $30 for most basic models), and are available with some having the option of only going off for the specific county you live in.

Make an emergency disaster kit. I recommend a waterproof and heavy duty duffel bag or equivalent. This kit should have the following items available and should be stored in a cool dry location but be readily accessible at a moments notice:

1. Extra food - (non-perishable foods like canned foods, trail mixes, items with a long shelf life) It is recommended to have approximately 30 days worth of food in case you get displaced or are trapped and cannot get out right away.

2. Helmets - (baseball, bicycle and motorcycle) they will help if debris from a tornado falls on your head.

3. Battery operated radio - This will help you incase the power goes out. You will be able to continue to get information that you wouldn’t be able to get without power.

4. Flashlights.

5. Extra batteries - Keep all batteries out of your flashlights and radios until they are needed.

6. Extra clothing - If your house is damaged, you may not be able to retrieve any clothing, and may be forced to live with the clothing on your back without it.

7. Extra shoes and Socks- When you are in a disaster and your house is damaged, you may not have had enough time to get yourself together. Having an extra pair of shoes will help when you come out of the shelter/basement with less risk of injury from stepping on nails, or other debris that you cannot see right away due to darkness or other factors.

8. Prepaid/Disposable Cell phone - Having a disposable cell phone incase yours is damaged or lost in the disaster is ideal. I would recommend one as well, you don’t have to activate the phone until it is needed. Most carriers have cheap, prepaid cell phones that are able to be purchased and activated when it is needed.

Just having these items will be a major help keeping you and your family safe. Yes, it may be a bit pricey to purchase most of the items that are needed to go into the kit. But a little bit extra to ensure your family is safe is nothing compared to not being prepared and possibly losing a family member, or your own life.