In 2018, 62,339 weather events resulted in 782 deaths and 1,797 injuries. Heat waves, winter weather, and wildfires were responsible for the most deaths. The largest number of reported injuries resulted from heat waves, winter weather, and high winds including thunderstorm winds. (According to Injury Facts.)

When you face a natural or man-made emergency, try to stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, however, cable, electric and cell phone service will be disabled, making communication nearly impossible. The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:

  • Make sure to have a family communication plan in place; all members of the family should review and practice the plan

  • Have all family members' and other important phone numbers written down or memorized

  • Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home

  • Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box

  • Assign one family member the responsibility of learning first aid and CPR

  • Know how to shut off utilities

Click this link to create your own Family Communication Plan