SOUTH BEND, Ind,--- Severe weather can change your life in an instant, but proper preparation can make the tough times easier to handle.
It's the middle of the night, and a tornado is about to roar through your town, destroying everything you have.
Most of us think that this kind of weather won't affect us, but in the event that it does, it's crucial to be prepared.
Knowing where to go in the event of a disaster is one half of the equation. The other half is what to have in an emergency preparedness kit.
When you think of a preparedness kit, first aid supplies and medication come to mind; however, it doesn't stop there.
Some other items to keep in your kit would also include a flashlight, weather radio, food and water.
If the storm takes your home you should also know where to find your important papers.
Things to protect include birth certificates, social security cards, banking record, really anything that identifies you.
Protecting these documents will help you get back on your feet sooner.
Also you never want to forget about your pets when severe weather strikes, so it is best to have food and medication readily available if needed for your four legged friend.
Remember, the earlier you set your plan and practice it the better prepared you will be when severe weather comes our way.