What items should you have in your severe weather kit?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As severe weather begins in the spring, it’s essential to have a safety kit on hand.

Annette Parker lives in an apartment and reached out to news two for advice.

“A whistle would be in case your home or your apartment would be severely damaged, and you might be trapped within that structure, maybe covered with debris,” explained News 2 Meteorologist Jeff Morrow.

“A whistle or maybe even an air horn would help people find you because the first thing they’re going to do is come to your building or structure, and they’re going to call out, ‘Is anybody here?'” he explained. “If you can’t respond by yelling or anything, your whistle will guide them to exactly where you are.”

You also don’t want power outages to catch you off guard.

The reason flashlights are recommended before candles for a source of light is because an open flame is always a dangerous thing, particularly if you have a pet who can knock a candle over. Young children can do that as well.

Also, if your house is severely damaged, a gas line is broken, and you light a candle or flame, it could lead to an explosion.

A charged cell phone or tablet, plus our News 2 StormTracker Weather App with severe weather alerts, is also great to have on hand.

When it comes to making sure the family pet is safe, you’ll want to have a crate for your dog or cat with food and water. The crate will protect them and keep them from getting lost in case your home is damaged or destroyed.

Rounding out the rest of the top items to have on standby is a first aid kit, non-perishable food, and water for a few days, as well as blanket and clothes.

Any important documents like your driver’s license, the deed to your house, and an extra set of keys should also be on hand.

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