Preparedness and Training LLC
PO Box 1491
Conway, AR 72033
Emergency Preparedness and Being Weather Prepared During Severe Weather Season.
Preparedness and Training LLC prides itself on bringing awareness to people about being prepared for multiple situations. We focus on Health & Safety Training including but not limited to CPR/AED/First Aid Training, building custom first aid kits and thinking outside the box by helping people remember their family pets during natural disasters. With the Spring season upon us and living in a southern state, tornadoes are something we face yearly and with different levels of severity. The key is, knowing you cannot hide from a tornado, but you can take all measures to stay as safe as possible and be prepared.
With the technology we have today, early warning systems are way more accurate than they ever have been and with social media, we can stay constantly connected to updated weather information and stay in touch with extended family to make sure they know we are safe if our area has been hit by a dreaded severe storm.
What can you do to stay connected? Keep all your electronic devices charged. If there is a watch or warning issued, make sure before the storms get to your area, charge your phones, laptop/tablets and your external battery packs. External battery packs can be purchased that are charged via electricity and there are some that are charge via solar power. This will allow you to stay connected in the event there is an extend loss of electricity. If there is a prediction that there will be an extended time that the electricity will be off, conserve your batteries by not constantly using them and resort to text messages versus watching video and calling. Text messages use less power and your battery will last longer during the recovery portion of severe weather.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says: Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. Although nothing can be done to prevent tornadoes, there are actions you can take for your health and safety.
What is the difference between watches and warnings? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention define each as: A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions favor the formation of tornadoes, for example, during a severe thunderstorm.
During a tornado watch, Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather RadioExternal for further weather information and Watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter immediately if conditions worsen. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado funnel is sighted or indicated by weather radar. You should take shelter immediately.
There are a vast number of resources to include each member of your family to participate in the preparedness movement. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has a youth preparedness program that includes kids of all ages in the preparedness movement. The American Red Cross has a number of Apps available for download on your smart phones as well as plans to help your family follow in order to put survival kits together.
Be Red Cross Ready
It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming but – with a little help from the Red Cross – its very doable.
Learn the essential supplies to put in your family’s survival kit. This includes not only items you need at home, but helps you get important family paperwork in order to have with you in case you need to evacuate. One thing listed that many family members forget about and that is medication. Click the link above to start putting your family kit together.
Plan effectively for you and your family in case of an emergency.
Understand which disasters are likely to occur in your area and what you must know to stay safe. More ways to prepare Make a First Aid Kit See our recommendations for what to include in your kit.
Ready.gov has a so many resources for children to learn through interactive activities. One of my favorite activities listed for children is the Disaster Master game that walks kids through scenarios for different national disasters.
When it comes to animals, we need to build a kit specifically for them. Build a Kit for your animals. Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Start with this list, or download Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners-Emergency Preparedness Pet Kit List (PDF) to find out exactly what items your pet needs to be Ready.
- Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
- Medicines and medical records.
- Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
- First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
- Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
- Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
For more information on specific natural disasters, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/index.html
To take your preparedness a step further, take a CPR/AED/First Aid Class. There are classes for every age group. Preparedness and Training offers basic aid classes for scouts and kids age 7-10, babysitter training and basic first aid for ages 10-15, teenage only CPR Classes, Lay responder & Healthecare provider CPR classes and Seniors Being Prepared classes. Visit our website and calendar to take a training class at our facility or contact us about bring a class to your group.
I hope you found this information valuable and useful to keep your family safe and prepared during severe weather season.
Barbara Jackson MS, CHES, EMT
Preparedness and Training LLC