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