3 Steps to Prepare for Severe Weather

When severe weather hits, make sure you’re well prepared to deal with it far in advance

There’s no question that here in the South we’re prone to seeing a range of different types of severe storms — all throughout the year. Yet, despite the frequency of bad weather, many people don’t take the necessary measures to prepare well in advance. Use these tips to create an emergency kit that will help you and your family be ready for anything.

1. Gather Supplies

  • Water

  • Helmets (in the event of falling derbies), enough for each person (bike helmets are a good option)
  • Small box of non-perishable food (canned meats/fruits/vegetables, peanut butter, trail mix, special dietary foods, baby food/formula, nuts, energy drinks, etc…)

  • Medications

  • First aid kit

  • Flashlight & extra batteries

  • Cell phone & charger

  • Blanket

  • Radio (battery operated)

  • Rain gear (compact ponchos)

  • Gloves

  • Fixed-blade knife or multi-tool (such as a Leatherman)

  • Emergency contact list (see below)

2. Emergency Contact List

  • 911- will connect you with local emergency services

  • Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, (205) 254-2039, to find other AL county EMA contact info. visit http://ema.alabama.gov/county.cfm

  • Birmingham Regional EMS System, (205) 934-2595 or bremms@uab.edu

  • UAB Hospital, (205) 934-4011

  • St. Vincent’s Health System, (205) 939-7000

  • Brookwood Medical Center, (205) 877-1000

  • Trinity Medical Center, (205) 592-1000

  • Children’s Hospital, (205) 638-9100

  • Regional Paramedics, (205) 956-1172

  • ADEM – Central Office, (334) 271-7700

  • ADEM Office of Emergency Response (General Information Only), (334) 260-2717

  • National Response Center, (202) 267-2675

  • Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center, (205) 967-7389

  • VCA Becker Animal Hospital, (205) 871-2371

3. Local Resources for Timely Updates

For a more in-depth look at how to create an emergency plan, check out 6 Steps to a Complete Emergency Plan.

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