Here are a few springtime preparedness activities that I'll be working on:
- Check my emergency kit for expiring food items, medications and other updates. Exchange stored batteries for newer ones. Add a new item, such as: a weather radio, spare shoes, or additional first aid items.
- Change the batteries in my home's smoke detectors. (The ones that aren't 10 year batteries, at least.) I'm looking to purchase an LED flashlight that runs on those 9V batteries I pull out of the smoke detectors.
- Visually inspect the outside of my house and yard for any maintenance needs like: chipped paint, concrete cracks, broken glass, sunken soil, roof damage, damaged fencing, damaged wires, broken tree limbs, loose gutters, etc.
- Have a safety inspection performed on my car. (You can do it yourself if you're mechanically inclined.) Brakes, wipers, fluids, tires, lights and more occasionally need a quick check to keep your car running at optimum safety levels.
- Update my family emergency and communications plans. Check phone numbers, contact information, and locations are correct for each family member and out-of-town contact. Update banking, insurance, and other important document and information in each kit and plan.
- I also look for opportunities to update and expand my training. This week-end I'm taking a Skywarn Weather Spotter training class.