In March, the small town of Rolling Fork, MS was hit by a series of devastating tornadoes that left many residents without homes, power, or access to basic necessities. The storms came through the area with little warning, leaving behind a trail of destruction that has affected the community in countless ways. Twenty-three people lost their lives and dozens were injured.
Tornados hit quickly
With little warming, the tornadoes caught many people off guard and unprepared for the damage that was to come. Many homes and businesses were destroyed, leaving families without shelter or the ability to work. Power outages were widespread, leaving people without heat or air conditioning, and limiting their ability to cook or store food.
Natural disasters can strike at any time and can leave homeowners feeling overwhelmed and unprepared. However, here are steps you can take to better prepare your home and your family for the unexpected:
1. Create an Emergency Kit
Your emergency kit should include items such as food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies. Be sure to store the kit in a place that is easily accessible and make sure all family members know where it is located.
2. Secure Your Home
Take steps to secure your home by inspecting the roof, windows, and doors for any damage. Make sure your insurance policies are up to date and that you understand what is covered in the event of a natural disaster.
3. Have a Plan
Create a plan with your family on what to do in the event of an emergency. Identify a safe place to go in your home and establish a meeting place in case you become separated. Make sure all family members understand the plan and practice it regularly.
4. Stay Informed
Pay attention to weather forecasts and news updates. Have a battery-powered radio or other device to receive emergency alerts.
5. Evacuation Planning
Have a plan for evacuation if needed. Identify possible evacuation routes and make sure your car has a full tank of gas. Have a go-bag ready with essential items in case you need to leave quickly.
6. Make Copies of Important Documents
Remember, being prepared can make all the difference when it comes to keeping you and your loved ones safe during a crisis.
As we continue to follow the recovery efforts in Rolling Fork, let us all remember the importance of disaster preparedness and the need to support our neighbors in times of need. The road to recovery may be long, but with hope, determination, and a sense of community, they will rebuild and come back stronger than ever before.