As summer approaches, it's another reminder severe weather season is right around the corner.
Newsline 9 is bringing you valuable information to help keep you and your family safe.
Do you know what items you should have in case a storm hits?
Newsline 9 meteorologist Tony Schumacher has some answers.
"It's important to have a survival kit handy when there's severe weather because you just never know when you're going to be trapped without power for a couple of days, or if you're going to be away from your normal access to items that you need to survive, so you'll definitely want to have that put together," Schumacher recommends.
"You certainly want to have a flashlight available with good batteries, extra batteries, which will be critical if the power goes out. You want to have non-perishable food items, bottles of water, at least enough for a couple days if you are stranded, you'll want to have extra clothing and blankets. You should have things like a first aid kit, in case there are any injuries that need attention. Clothing and boots are important. You'd want to have things like medications and eye glasses. Also, don't forget your cell phone and keys. It would be very difficult to find your keys if your house or your building was damaged. Also, don't forget your pets. You'll want to have your pet supplies along, your carriers and leashes. Not a bad idea to have some basic tools as well. In case there's some things you can fix quickly or need to get running properly. And take some bleach with you. Good idea to have to disinfecting things or even disinfecting water if it comes to that."
"Storms can pop up very suddenly, so if you had to scramble around your house to find all that, that could take a number of minutes when you probably should have been in your shelter already. Definitely have a per-packaged box with most of these things in there. So for the keys for example, have an extra set of keys in that safety kit ready to go," Schumacher added.
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