Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer/Fall Project: Hurricane Preparedness

Being prepared for a hurricane is very important, especially if you live in an area that tends to be hit harder by these huge storms. What do you need to do to be prepared?

You will want to do some research to determine if there are evacuation routes in your area in case you need to evacuate before the storm arrives. Also know if there are storm shelters, etc. in your area.

Be sure you have a list of all your local emergency numbers, news stations, radio stations, your home/property insurance, etc.

You should also have a Disaster Supplies Kit. Here is a list of items that should be found in your Disaster Supply kit:
  • Water - You will need one gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of 3 days. This means if you have a 3 person family, you will need 9 gallons of water in your disaster supplies kit. More water than this will not hurt. But please do not find yourself with less. 
  • A 3 day supply of non-perishable food.
  • A battery powered or hand crank radio. If you have a battery radio, be sure to have extra batteries on hand. Also a NOAA radio will come in handy.
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries, there are also flashlights that do not require batteries, but you may want to have both types just in case.
  • A well stocked first aid kit.
  • A whistle to help signal for help.
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to create a shelter-in-place
  •  Moist towelettes, any necessary toiletries, garbage bags, and plastic ties for your own personal sanitation
  • Wrench, pliers, and other tools that can help you to turn off utilities. 
  • A manual can opener for food.
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, a solar charger for your phone can also be highly helpful in an emergency situation.
IF you have plenty of warning before the storm comes (a few days) these things can be done to help provide some protection for your home:
  • Get rid of any trees on your property that are weak or dead.
  • Be aware of whether of not your home is in a flood zone. If it is you will need to evacuate.
  • Have a grab and go bag ready and on standby for if you need to evacuate. You will want to have important papers, insurance info, and any prescription medications in this bag. 

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