Summer is here and a lot of people are preparing for a variety of outdoor activities and vacations like beach trips, boating on the lake, mountain hiking and more. Whatever getaway or summer fun you’re doing, you’re going to have to plan on packing the right items to get ready for your trip, whether it’s a swimsuit, hiking boots or sunscreen. While you can fully prepare for summer fun, you can’t always fully predict summer weather.
This Sunday, June 1, is the start of hurricane season. Although hurricanes pose the strongest threat to coastal regions, storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico have the potential to bring storm surge, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding across Georgia. During the summer, Georgia is also notorious for having extreme heat conditions.
While heading to the store to pick up any necessary items for your planned summer activities, consider grabbing some items that could benefit you in the event of a disaster. It is a good rule of thumb to do one thing today that your future self will thank you for.
Getting prepared before an emergency is not as hard as you might think. First, create a Ready kit checklist consisting of all supplies you may need in the event of a disaster. The Ready Georgia App also allows you to easily access a supplies checklist on your smartphone.
Some items you may want to include on your checklist:
- Water. One gallon per person per day, for at least 3 days, for drinking and hygiene
- Food. At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
- Can opener. For food, if kit contains canned food
- Radio. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
If you need some advice on additional items, visit the Ready Checklist page for some helpful suggestions. Be sure to keep in mind the needs of children, people with disabilities, pets and seniors as well.
Once you have your Ready Kit checklist prepared, search your house for items you may already have, mark them off of your list and place them in an area that is easily accessible during an emergency. Then prioritize the remaining items on your list by the importance of each item. Once you have your list ready, make it a point to grab at least one item from you checklist every time you make a shopping run. If you follow this tactic, you will have your Ready kit fully stocked in no time!