Have a family disaster plan, just in case

We haven’t had a soaking downpour for several days in a row. Winter weather is months away.

Sure, hurricane season extends through November. But the only real hassle southeast Ohio residents have in the near term is a flurry of mosquitoes and a blizzard of leaves, right?

Wrong.

Recall that out of the 48 tornadoes that struck Ohio in 2010, 13 hit in September and 15 in October. The only other months in doubles digits was June, with 14.

Plus, household disasters such as fires can strike anytime. So it’s a good idea to have a family disaster plan in place all the time.

Folks can assemble an emergency preparedness kit in an easy-to-carry container that someone can use at home or take with them in case they have to evacuate. It should contain a three-day supply of water (one gallon, per person, per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents.

The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home. as well as items such as a hand-crank radio. Smart phone users can download the free American Red Cross First Aid app so they’ll have information on hand about what to do for everyday emergencies.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, people can visit redcross.org.