The winter storm that started on Valentine’s Day 2021 left millions of people without power for days in Texas. People struggled to stay warm as power companies worked to restore power. The power outages led to frozen pipes that burst. Water had to be shut off to prevent further water damage in homes. Water boil bans were mandated. Restaurants and convenience stores closed because of no water or power. Ultimately some people were left without power to heat their homes, water or food if they had not prepared. How can we learn from this weather event to be better prepared next time?
Here is a guide prepared by Denton County Health Department. This is one of many starter guides to help plan and be prepared for unexpected circumstances.
Here are some of my quick takeaways:
I need a stay kit. This is for when I need to stay in my home. Maybe loss of power, a tornado, hurricane or some other disaster requires me to stay in place at my home.
I need a go kit. This kit is all the stuff I need when myself and family need to evacuate quickly.
I need a pet kit. This would include all of the supplies I would need to support my pets.