When it comes to severe weather, Eureka residents know that the state is no stranger to tornadoes, floods, and other extreme weather conditions. In fact, just recently, there have been tornado warnings and flooding all over Missouri. That's why it's essential to be prepared for these types of situations. The firefighting family at Eureka Fire Protection District takes the safety of our community seriously, and we want to help you be prepared for severe weather. Here are seven essential steps you can take to stay safe.
Create a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan
The first step to being prepared for severe weather is to create a plan. This plan should include where to go in case of a tornado or flood, how to communicate with family members, and what to do if you need to evacuate. Discuss this plan with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
Build or Identify a Shelter Room
Your shelter room should be a secure and safe space that can protect you from severe weather. For houses without basements, identify a room on the lowest level, preferably one without windows. For houses with basements, choose a space in the corner or against a wall, away from windows and doors. Your shelter room should be stocked with supplies such as water, a first aid kit, and flashlights.
Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
In Missouri, there are several ways to receive emergency alerts, including phone calls, text messages, and sirens. Sign up for these alerts and make sure you know what they sound like so that you can act quickly in case of an emergency.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
Your emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, medication, cash, and a radio. Keep your kit in an easily accessible location, so you can grab it quickly if you need to evacuate.
Practice Your Plan
Practice makes perfect, and this applies to your severe weather preparedness plan. Conduct regular drills with your family to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency. This will also help you identify any gaps in your plan and address them before it's too late.
Know When to Seek Shelter
It's important to know when to seek shelter during severe weather. If there is a tornado warning, take shelter in your designated safe room or basement. If you live in a flood-prone area, be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Knowing when to seek shelter can save lives and prevent injuries.
Stay Informed About Severe Weather
Staying informed about severe weather is crucial for being prepared. Stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts and warnings by watching the news, listening to the radio, or checking your local weather app. If you have access to an NOAA weather radio, make sure it is programmed to receive alerts for your area. By staying informed, you can take action quickly and keep yourself and your family safe.
Severe weather can be dangerous, but by following these essential steps for severe weather preparedness in Missouri, you can stay safe and minimize the risks. Remember to create a plan, identify a shelter room, sign up for alerts, prepare an emergency kit, practice your plan, know when to seek shelter, and stay informed about severe weather. Eureka Fire Protection District cares about the safety of our community, and we want to help you be prepared for any emergency. Stay safe, stay prepared, and take care of yourself and your loved ones.
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Eureka Fire Protection District is an EMS, Fire, and Rescue service provider located in Eureka, Missouri. Staffed with nearly one hundred volunteer and career Paramedics, EMTs, Firefighters, Junior Firefighters, and administrative teams, the department provides its local community with fire prevention, education, safety resources, and emergency relief. Eureka Fire Protection District maintains a reputation as a well-run, high-performing fire department by keeping up to date with the latest in life-saving training and technology.