Before The Storm - Central County Fire & Rescue

Before The Storm

We all know that spring can bring sudden weather changes that can catch us off guard. Prepare for inclement weather by signing up for local weather alerts, stocking your household emergency kits (scroll down for our must-haves) and keeping your cell phones charged in case of power outages.

It’s also a good idea to practice your emergency escape plan and remind everyone in your household exactly what to do when the sirens sound. At home, seek out windowless rooms on the lowest floor of your house.

Household Emergency Kit

  • Battery-operated flashlight
  • Battery-operated NOAA weather radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid supplies
  • A 3-5 day supply of water and nonperishable food, plus personal hygiene items and pet items
  • Blankets and sleeping bags
  • A list of important personal information that is easily accessible (including important phone numbers, insurance information and medical information).

Vehicle Emergency Kit

  • Cell Phone charger (compatible with vehicle)
  • Water, snacks (non-perishables like nuts and dried fruit are good options)
  • Reflective vest (in case you need to walk for help)
  • Flashlight, batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Spare tire, lug wrench, jack
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Flares
  • Tow rope
  • Blankets
  • For cold weather: Warm clothes & outerwear, snow brush, shovel, windshield wiper fluid, sand or kitty litter (for traction)

Now, learn what to do during the storm.