American Red Cross gives tips on staying weather ready

Red Cross Safety

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - In preparations for upcoming storms, the American Red Cross wants people and their family to have a plan.

One way people can do that is with an emergency preparedness kit.

The kit should include flashlights with several different sets of batteries.

The Red Cross said it is an important thing to have in case the power does go out.

It is also recommended to have one gallon of water for every person.

So, if you are a family of three, you will need three gallons of water.

You will also need a cell phone and cell phone charger.

"The items in this kit are going to keep you safer, make you feel better, have food, and water it is very important that you have a personal kit instead of a family kit," said Katrina Farmer, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Texas Big Country.

Once you have your family and your emergency kit ready to go the next step is to find proper shelter this needs to be an interior room.

A lot of places that can be the hallway, but it can also be a bathroom.

You need to make sure to get everyone that needs to be in there piled in and close the door.

"You need to just try to get as far away from outside walls as close to the center of the home as you can get," said Farmer.  "Go somewhere with no windows.  Bathrooms are sturdier because of the plumbing in the wall.  We will see a lot of times after the storm the bathrooms are still there and the other rooms are gone."

For a list of everything needed in an Emergency Preparedness Kit, click here.

To stay up to date on the storms in the area, be sure to download our First Alert Weather App in the Apple Store or Google Play.

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