Severe weather can strike with very little warning - we witnessed that last week. It was also 35 years ago that Kentucky was the path for devastating tornados.
Whatever the storm, it can take only a matter of seconds to change your life. With some pre-planning you can protect yourself, your family and others. Many people tell me when I am out in the community speaking about this issue that they plan to put together a kit. Don't just plan, put the thoughts into action so you'll be ready for whatever type of storm that develops.
Every family needs to establish a storm-ready kit for each member of their household. These items can be easily stored in a bucket, backpack or small suitcase.
You will want to store the kit in the room you've designated as a "safe room," whether it is in the basement or a center room in the home. Items to include in your storm-ready kit include a flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, canned food and water (the individual serving sizes work great for those with different tastes), weather radio, paper towels, soap, pain reliever, prescription drugs, next of kin emergency contact numbers, gloves, trash bags and water.