Preparation can reduce Severe Weather Stress


OCCHD reminds residents that preparation is the key to reducing stress related to our severe weather season. They work with all municipalities and partners to make sure we as a community are ready when disaster strikes and post disaster response as well. OCCHD Emergency Preparedness Supervisor Blaine Bolding said, “Knowing the difference between a watch and warning is vital to your safety.”

“A watch means be prepared, stay informed and ready to act if a warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states. While a warning indicates imminent danger to life and property exists. Take shelter in a substantial building or shelter. Get out of mobile homes. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area around the size of a city of small county that may be impacted by large hail or damaging wind.”

Bolding recommends making an emergency preparedness kit which can be a fun family activity and makes the children feel involved as this gives them a sense of empowerment. Store items in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

Include the following:

  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Family documents such as insurance policies, bank records, and social security cards.
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Sleeping bags or a blanket for each person
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • A 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods
  • Paper cups, plates, paper towels, and utensils
  • Books, games, puzzles and other activities for children