This kit is meant to provide for the basic needs of an individual or family for up to 72 hours in the event of an emergency or disaster when resources will be in short supply. For more information on what items specifically should be included in your plan, please see our Build a Kit webpage.
Your first concern should be water extraction. It might be necessary to contact a professional extraction service, normally located under "carpet" service in the Yellow Pages. If the floors have carpet, it may be necessary to pull up the carpet and pull the pad out to dry. If you do not dry the carpet and pad, permanent damage (including mold and mildew) may occur. If your furniture becomes wet, place aluminum foil under furniture legs to prevent "bleeding" on the carpet. If you suffer only damp carpets, furniture, and walls, adjust your air conditioner to "cool" and your furnace to "hot." Both air conditioners and heaters dry the air, and the drier the air, the faster your personal belongings will dry. Any remaining mud and dirt on the walls should be cleaned with plain water and a brush.
CodeRED Weather Warn only sends calls to phone numbers linked to addresses in the storm's path. Although you may have rain at your house or hear thunder, you may not be in a severe warning area. To find out more about how Weather Warn works, view the CodeRED Weather Warn video.
A severe weather watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop. A severe weather warning is issued by the National Weather Service when severe weather has been detected in an area either by radar indicators or trained storm spotters. For more information, please see our Watches vs. Warnings webpage.
The warning sirens are designed to be "outdoor" warning sirens only. They are for people who may be outside away from other sources of information. All citizens should have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio. When weather is threatening, you should rely on the All-Hazards radio, and broadcast media for the most reliable information. If the forecasters say to take cover, please do so immediately. Do not wait to hear the warning siren. For more information on the system capabilities and limitations, please see our Outdoor Warning System webpage.