Amid the threat of severe weather, the National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a briefing concerning today's weather.

Now, while it may appear that we will be blessed with the absence of the super strong stuff, we all know that 1) The forecast isn't always 100% accurate, and 2) The slightest change in one factor can cause situations to change.  Of course, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

According to Ready.gov, the standard disaster  supplies kit should include the following:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Most of these are items already commonly found in a home. However, it's important to note that phones should be charged as long as possible before an incident occurs so that battery power is up enough for calls to be made and received if necessary.

We have already been warned.  Even if the expected doesn't happen, all in all, we want everyone to be prepared.