Preparation can reduce Severe Weather Stress

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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