- Make sure everyone in your family or workplace knows the escape routes and the best place to take shelter.
- Make sure your emergency kit contains enough fresh water and non-perishable foods to last 3-5 days per person. Also include a can opener, first aid kit, flashlights and extra batteries. It is a good idea to refresh your flashlight and portable radio batteries once a year.
- Since power may go out, consider keeping a hand-crank battery operated radio on hand. Weather radios with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather bands, the organization responsible for issuing warnings during life-threatening weather situations, can give you as much as eight minutes lead time.
- Protect your electronics by plugging them into a surge protector or unplugging them when power outages and surges are likely.
- Cell phones are often lifelines to the outside world in an emergency, especially since texts and data may be able to get through when phone calls can't.
- Keep those lifelines online with backup power such as portable power banks or solar chargers.
- Your car battery can also provide backup power with a car charger – or a power inverter for larger items like laptops.
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