What YOU Can Do to Prepare for a Storm Disaster Emergencies in Dane County, Madison, WI
While it may be challenging to prepare for unpredictable thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding, there are steps you can take to help ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.
Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm in Dane County, Madison, WI:
- Build an emergency supply kit that includes the following recommended items from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery-operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandannas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Relevant documents; copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Be alert for environmental or fire hazards around your property.
- Every adult in your house should know how to turn off electricity, water, and gas in an emergency.
- Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause structural damage.
- If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home, or hard-top vehicle (not a convertible).
- If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains and secure doors.
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Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, NOAA/National Weather Service