Hurricane Ready!

by Aggie DiMario

It only takes a short time to be prepared and that little bit of time can save  you so much time and aggravation should a disaster happen.
Below is an important list to help get  your family ready.  Remember to store items in heavy duty zip lock bags then put your smaller items it a larger container and you wll be ready to grab and go if need be.
Preparedness List:
  • Create A Family Communication Plan that everyone has
  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Charged cell phone and extra non-powered charger (if you have one) USE YOUR PHONE ONLY WHEN NEEDED TO PRESERVE BATTERY
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if your kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Hearing Aids and supplies (batteries, domes, fitlers, wipes)
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit – EFFAK
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper. When diluted (nine parts water to one part bleach) bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, it can be used to treat water (16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water). Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

If you do not have to evacuate you should also be prepared with the above list as well as a few additional things.

  • Make sure shutters are in good working order
  • Have your safe spot within your home identified for everyone in the house
  • Pick up any loose debris in your area to avoid flying objects that can be destructive and remember to not  leave hanging plants out
  • Have generator checked and cleaned for optimal performance, if you have one
  • Get fuel for your generator if it is powered by fuel
  • Back up container of propane or bag of charcoal for grilling outside afterwards
  • Freeze several plastic containers of water to keep the food in the freezer / refrigerator cold longer if you loose power

These little things will make a very stressful situation a bit more tolerable for everyone.
Be safe and remember to be mindful of those that may need help during these times.

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