Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2am this Sunday, March 11th. As you “spring forward” by turning your clocks ahead an hour on Saturday night, get prepared for spring by taking a few simple steps that could save you time during a disaster or emergency situation, when every second counts.
The American Red Cross recommends that when you change your clocks, you also do the following:
Making Seasonal Changes
With spring on the way, you may also need to make seasonal changes to your disaster supplies kit. For example, soon you will be needing to stay cool instead of warm, so swap your blankets for lighter sheets and bedding and your warm clothing (such as sweaters and jeans) for lighter pants and t-shirts. Sunscreen lotions, glasses and hats, and insect repellents will also become more important components of a disaster supplies kit as the weather warms up and days get longer. You may even choose to add a small battery-powered fan.
Taking simple steps like these can help you prepare for the future. So, as you “spring forward” this weekend, take a few extra minutes to ensure that you and your family are better prepared for the unexpected.