Severe Weather Awareness Week Nears

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(WLNS) – Now that the temperature is beginning to climb the threat of severe weather in mid-Michigan is very real. Severe weather awareness week is scheduled for April 12-18 and the WeatherFirst meteorologists on 6 News will have safety reminders and other information you can use during storm season in Michigan.

One thing you can do to get ready for storms is to put together a disaster emergency kit to keep in your home. The American Red Cross has some suggestions about what should be in a home emergency kit.BASIC EMERGENCY KIT

– Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

– Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

– Flashlight

– Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) [Available on the Red Cross Store]

– Extra batteries

– First aid kit

– Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

– Multi-purpose tool

– Sanitation and personal hygiene items

– Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

– Cell phone with chargers

– Family and emergency contact information

– Extra cash

– Emergency blanket

– Map(s) of the area

One other step you can take is to put together an emergency plan with your family. There are some basic steps you can follow and the American Red Cross has some guidelines here.

You can also stay informed with the StormTracker 6 Weather app for your Apple device here or your Android device here. Watch 6 News beginning April 27 and you could win a severe storm weather radio courtesy of Auto-Owners, Meijer and ABC Warehouse.

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