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March 06, 2013

What You Should Do Now to be Ready

Midland Radio Corporation, broadcast media, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others work in tandem to help people nationwide to understand, prepare and respond to severe weather and other disasters.

These efforts are year round, but they intensify as we near peak tornado season in April and May, along with National Severe Weather Preparedness Week in March. Every state in America has experienced tornadoes and severe weather. In 2012, 46 of 50 states reported tornadic activity, which means everyone is exposed to some degree of risk.

A general list of items to have on-hand for emergency situations is below. Keep emergency supplies in the place you’ll seek shelter in case of an emergency. Store your emergency supplies in containers that will keep them protected from water, fire or other damage. Plan for enough emergency supplies to last your family at least a week if you’re without electricity, food or water.

Emergency Preparedness Supply List

  • NOAA weather alert radio with battery back-up power (such as the Midland WR120 or WR300)

  • Portable radio or TV (the WR300 and WR400 have an AM/FM radio)

  • Flashlight

  • Batteries (all sizes)

  • First aid kit

  • Drinking water

  • Non-perishable food (don’t forget a manual can opener)

  • Cell phones and chargers

  • Prescription medications

  • Important family documents like insurance information

  • Sleeping bags or warm blankets (keep your climate in mind)

  • Extra clothing and close-toed shoes

  • Personal necessities like glasses, oxygen tanks, infant formula and diapers

  • Pet food

  • Multi-purpose tool(s)

  • Matches

  • Garbage or plastic bags for tarping, makeshift rain ponchos, holding belongings, etc.

When it comes to emergency preparedness, you have the most important job. All the warnings, alerts and information in the world won’t save lives if the public isn’t prepared for emergency situations. That includes workplaces, schools and homes, which is why we are encouraging everyone to do their part and get ready now.

Know what to do, where to go and have supplies on hand when severe weather strikes. Not only could being prepared keep your family more comfortable should a storm cause widespread or local damage, but it could save lives.

We also recommend that you visit the following websites for additional information and suggestions on items you may want to add to meet your needs.


Red Cross

Department of Homeland Security

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