I promise I am not ignoring you intentionally. You might not know this, but my real job is a safety officer/emergency manager and I coordinate anything transportation related during disasters and emergencies. This includes moving people and supplies, clearing debris, evacuations, damage assessments, etc. for road, air, rail, and water. It can get a little hectic sometimes. Sometimes I question my college degree choice - don't read that last sentence mom and dad.
Yes, I play decorator and DIY-guru on the side, but this is all for fun and free. When there is a disaster or emergency, my real job takes precedence. And with the recent floods, tornadoes and storm damage in the natural state and surrounding states, I have not had the time to play in the DIY sandbox.
In light of the severe weather, I wanted to post a few tips to keep everyone safe - you know, because this is what I talk about everyday.
- Make a Plan and Get a Kit - If severe weather effects your life, what do you do? How would you communicate with family and friends? Where would you take cover or evacuate to? Do you have enough supplies? All of these questions, plus many more need to be answered before disaster strikes. Here is a great site to visit with a detailed kit list and this link helps you develop a family emergency plan.
- NOAA Weather Radio - Get one! These radios broadcast official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also broadcast warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages). You can get a weather radio at any hardware store or department store.
- Training and Info - The American Red Cross offers a wide variety of CPR, first aid, and disaster preparedness training. And you can take some free online courses at this site to learn about preparedness. Also, the CDC has some training which is geared more towards the health side. And if you are feeling really helpful, jump right in and volunteer with a local agency. They will love your help.