CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — When thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes or other severe weather move through your area, do you know where your emergency supplies are or what to do?
The StormTracker8 team recommends having a disaster kit and a plan ready in advance of any dangerous weather.
Matt Owens, a homeowner in Chesterfield County, checks and updates his kit regularly.
“When the seasons change and they start talking about new events, like blizzards or severe storms in spring. I’m always down there checking it to get inventory of what we have,” said Owens.
What to have in your kit:
- A container to hold your supplies
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food (plus a can opener)
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Tissues, toilet paper and plastic bags with ties
- Other personal hygiene items
- A sleeping bag or blanket
- Paper with pen or pencil
- A weather radio with batteries
To make a plan with your family, find the safest place in your home to be during a tornado warning. If you have a basement, plan to go there. If you don’t have one, an interior bathroom or closet will be the next best option. When a tornado warning comes, avoid windows and try to cover yourself with a blanket.
Owens is teaching his young daughter what to do during severe weather.
“Especially as she gets older, there’s going to be times that we may not be home, and she’s home alone,” Owens said. “We just kind of want to instill that value in her that you need to pay attention to these things and she needs to know that she needs to go into the basement. She knows where the kit is now, and I will always make sure she knows where the kit is.”
Make sure to have your kit and plan ready before severe weather hits, because dangerous conditions can happen at any time without warning. Check the kit a few times throughout the year. Click here for more suggestions of things to add to your kit.