As Super Mega Storm of the Year Typhoon 19 Vongfong (and yes, I’m scratching my head too wondering how they come up with names), KA Moms weighed in with advice on preparations to secure your house, yard, entertain kids and make it through any possible power shortages that come along with a storm of this magnitude.
Typhoons bring with them a lot of
Keeping this in mind, we have some ideas to make the passage safer for you and your family.
Make sure nothing is loose or in a position to blow over
Close shutters on windows that have them
Use masking or craft tape (cloth type is better than paper type) to X windows that don’t have shutters, in case they break
Make sure nothing is near or in position to hit any windows
Tape closed and lay trash/recycling bins down and put a brick inside to secure them from rolling around
Trim any trees with longer branches to avoid broken limbs and damage
Make sure bicycles/toys are secure
Put laundry poles on the ground and laundry hangers in the house
Check the drains on the house and gutters that they are clear and will allow water build up to flow
Dig a little trench around the fence to drain water
Fill the tub with water (in case of power/water loss). Stock water in other ways (fill pet bottles, thermoses, jugs)
Stay away from windows not shuttered (close curtains to protect from possible broken glass)
Check flashlights and batteries, that all is working. Stock up on batteries. Have some candles and matches/lighter handy too
Charge up any electric devices (phones, tablets) and their replacement batteries
Prepare an ice-box with ice in case of power outage
Make sure you have enough basic supplies so you don’t have to dash out during the storm for shopping
Check on any camping equipment (stove/food) that it is all working, ready to use
Talk with children about safety, where to go if a tornado were to hit, safe places to hide if the wind rips off anything, keep clear of windows and don’t go outdoors
Place their emergency head covers (if you have them, or a pillow or blanket) in the house’s safe spots in case kids need to retreat there
Check your disaster/evacuation emergency kit, make sure it is in an accessible location
Have easy to prepare food on hand
Plan to stay home for the day
Have a new or not often watched DVD to watch
Prepare some origami, cray and craft items to keep little fingers busy
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