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  • Living in the Midwest means we are susceptible to all sorts of severe weather. To help you be prepared, we created a slide show that lists several items you may want to include in your severe weather kit.

  • We suggest purchasing a a large rubber tote that is water proof. You can decorate it so everyone knows it’s for emergencies. Store tub in your family’s safe space. Then, when bad weather arrives, you can tell your children to “go to the red tub.â€� Your family’s safe space should be on the lowest level next to an interior wall.

  • Pack a few toys or a deck of cards to engage young children. This will help reduce the focus on the storm. Fun games to play: Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Match Game & War.

  • For a few dollars, you can purchase a battery cell specifically for recharging your cell phone in emergencies. You can also purchase a hand crank charger with an LED flashlight and never worry about not having power for your cell phone.

  • Turning off the Bluetooth and Wi Fi on your cell phone will help save the battery. In most major storms, wireless connections to the internet will be broken-so save your battery.

  • Giving your children their own whistle will help them feel important and help their sense of empowerment. Also, whistles are a great way to notify others of your whereabouts.

  • Having some snacks will help young children sit for an extended period of time. Choose non-perishable snacks that are individually packaged. Please note that The National Safety Council, Nebraska suggests that you keep up to 3 days of food and water on hand in the case of an emergency.

  • Select a stuffed bear or other animal that will “liveâ€� in the Safe Storage Bin where he can keep tabs on all the equipment. Have your children check on the family mascot-especially during storm season.

  • Tape a 2 gallon Zip Lock bag on the inside of your Severe Weather Kit with information like: Family member names and ages, insurance information, emergency contact information, religion, medical and health details, etc. Adults should remove this information and place the bag in their pocket or on their person when the family enters the safe place.

  • For a few dollars, you can purchase glow in the dark sticks. Having these available for children will help you manage your flashlight battery life. As few as 3 glow sticks can illuminate a space enough to reduce a child’s anxiety about the dark.

  • Two great things about hand-crank flashlights are 1) you never need batteries; 2) you can task a young child with keeping the flashlight charged. This gives youngsters something to focus on while they wait for the danger to subside.

  • It’s always best to be prepared for severe weather. Our community partner, The National Safety Council, Nebraska, has compiled an informative list of things to consider to prepare for severe weather.