Preparedness and Response

Severe weather can strike at any time. Thunderstorms occur most often in the spring and summer months, but can happen year round. They are most likely to hit in the afternoon and evening, but can happen at any time of the day or night. ​​

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Power outages are one of the most common occurrences from severe weather. Preparations should be made in advance in case of long term power outages. 

Severe weather can be deadly. Light​ning injures 300 people and causes 80 deaths each year. 

Flash flooding is unpredictable and kills far more people than any other danger associated with severe weather.

Create your Family Emergency Communications Plan

EMD Emergency Supply Checklist

Be Flood Ready

FEMA and NOAA have created an interactive “flood impact map” that features localized, searchable data about the scope and severity of flood events in recent years.  The map is available at, and the new web page contains tips on what to do before, during, and after a flood, and encourages flood insurance protection among other measures.​

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) makes flood insurance available to renters, homeowners, and business owners through approximately 85 insurance companies in more than 20,800 participating communities nationwide.  Flood coverage can be purchased for properties both in and outside of, the highest risk areas.  We are encouraging individuals to learn more about seasonal flood risks and what to do to prepare by visiting, or calling 1-800-427-2419.

Preparedness Basics

Water: Unlike food, you can’t live without water! Keep as much water as you can manage on hand. Ideally you will have enough for each family member to have one gallon per day for two weeks.

Flashlights: The power could go out at any time. Have flashlights and extra batteries on hand. Store them in a place that is easy to reach in the dark. Be careful using open candles. They may cause a fire.

A Radio: Have a battery-powered or crank radio in an easy to reach location. If you need to shelter in place, you can listen to the radio for instructions and information.

Food: Stock up on the food you normally use and enjoy. Foods that don’t need refrigeration or cooking are best. If the electricity goes off, use foods that might spoil first. Then use foods from the freezer followed by non perishables.

Medicines: If you use prescription medicines, keep an extra supply on hand. If anyone in the family uses special medical devices, talk to your doctor about what to do if there’s a problem with them. Buy or put together a first aid kit. Take it with you if you’re asked to leave your home.

Bank records: Keep paper copies of your bank, credit card and other financial records in a waterproof bag (like a Ziploc). You should also keep all important records in a safe location away from your home, like a safety deposit box. In case you need to leave, keep a little extra cash on hand in small bills and change. You could store it in your portable emergency kit. For in depth information on financial disaster preparedness, go to Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK).