How to prepare for severe weather

From staff reports
Minnesota is no stranger to severe weather, as this summer has shown.
Are you ready for when storms hit?
Here are some tips from Sherburne County.
First, create a plan for you and your family including:
•Where will your family gather if a storm is headed your way?
•What types of supplies will you need?
•How will you contact other family members to let them know you are OK?
Second, prepare by putting together an emergency supply kit for your family. This includes:
•First aid kit and essential medications.
•Flashlights and extra batteries.
•Battery-operated radio.
•Water for family members and pets.
•Canned foods and can opener.
•Protective clothing and blankets.
•Toys for children.
•Personal identification
Third, practice and make sure family members know what to do in an emergency.
Fourth, stay informed. This includes:
•Listen to radio and television stations for updated storm information.
•Know what a tornado watch and warning mean.
•Be alert to changing weather conditions.