. Anyone in Baker June 11 discovered how prepared they actually are for a large scale natural or man-made disaster as an EF3 tornado caused extensive damage to an entire neighborhood. How do you rate your readiness? Here are a few tips for disaster preparedness.
• Keep emergency and first aid kids available. These should include a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, extra batteries, and a three-day supply of food and water (for pets as well).
• Prepare a family emergency plan that outlines what each family member will do, how they will get to a safe place, and how they will get in touch with each other. Don’t forget your pets.
• Identify an out-of-state contact for everyone to call in case local communications are disrupted.
• Learn your children’s school disaster dismissal policy.
• Identify a safe shelter area in your home, away from windows. Choose the interior part of a basement or an inside room such as a closet, bathroom or center hallway on the lowest floor.
• Practice your shelter-in-a-safe-place plan with your family.
• Know where your utility switches are located and how to turn off the gas, water and electricy.
Tips courtesy of AAA Mountain West.