Tips for Hurricane Season

Photo: NASA - Hurricane Irene

With a new hurricane season upon us and what appears to be new hurricane territory, at least new in this century, there cannot be too many hurricane tips. Tips vary from source to source and new ones emerge with each hurricane. Irene was a wake-up call to many states resulting in too many unfortunate deaths.

So after this last devastating hurricane/tropical storm here are more tips, some really good ones which may be new to you as they were to me. 

Tips to be hurricane ready:

  • Make sure you have ample supplies in your home.
    • 3 day supply of water- one gallon per person per day
    • Food- 3 day supply of food- non-perishable, easy to prepare
    • Battery powered candles
    • Flashlight (with batteries)
    • Battery powered or hand-crank radio
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit and medications
    • Cell phones with chargers
    • Cash- in the event that power goes out, ATMs and Credit machines will not work, make sure you have enough cash just in case
    • A full tank of gas if you have a car
    • Pet and baby supplies
    • Rain gear
    • A way to get in touch with loved ones after the storm (many times cell phones will not work due to damage of towers or lack of power, plan alternate modes of communication)
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and refrain from opening it too much. This will keep food cold longer in the event of an extended power outage.
  • Freeze water bottles to use for coolers when the power is out and for drinking.
  • Fill your bathtub with water in case your water supply is cut-off.  It could be used to flush toilets or possibly drinking water should you run out of bottled water.
  • If possible, clean up the lawn debris in your yard and neighborhood. In high winds, twigs and branches can become projectiles.
  • Secure anything outside that cannot be brought inside (lawn ornaments, furniture, sporting supplies).
  • If you are using a generator, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area. You do not want the fumes from the generator to accumulate and harm your family.
  • Listen to the advice of local authorities. If they are recommending that you evacuate, do so. They are well trained in these conditions and are only looking to ensure your safety.

Be safe and remember to check local news websites and their Twitter accounts for up to the date information on hurricanes or tropical storms.

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