Rock You Like a Hurricane—Tips for Surviving Dorian Hurricane Preparedness
I’m probably dating myself mentioning this song by the Scorpins. Listen here if you want to rock out while preparing for the hurricane.
Are you ready if a natural disaster should strike? Do you know what supplies you need to have on hand for you and your pets? Would you like to know how to stay calm no matter what?
These emergency preparedness tips aren’t just for the hurricane. I lived in Los Angeles for a decade and the threat of the big one always loomed over me. About 10 years ago, there was a run on fuel with the anticipation of a hurricane in Raleigh. While I try to remember what my father taught me, “Don’t borrow trouble,” and stay focused on visualizing natural disasters going out to sea, I also follow his advice that I have a better shot at missing something if I’ve prepared for it anyway.
I’m currently in the line of that path of Dorian, but as we all know that can change at any minute. Maybe you’re not concerned about natural disasters, but the reality is you may have another emergency, such as a terrorist threat or an electrical outage that may demand you leave your home.
What should you have for an emergency?
First up, your home. You’re going to want to store items in airtight plastic bags and put into easy to carry containers such as a duffle bag.
Water. The government suggests one gallon of water per person per day for drinking & sanitation for three days. Based on our government I would say 5 gallons as I’m not counting on the government for anything or to respond in a timely manner.
Food, 3 days supply, non perishable food. My husband has MRE’s I said I would have to be on death’s door before I eat those. If you have cans, make sure you have a can opener, napkins, paper plates If I am in a true disaster, junk food is okay.
Battery or hand cranked radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alter; which will broadcast continuous weather information directly from National Weather Service (NWS) offices across the country. The broadcasts include warnings, watches, forecasts, current weather observations, and other hazard information, 24 hours a day.
Other items to include in your kit:
First aid kit….did whole podcast on that in June
Whistle, matches waterproof container, pen and pencil
Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to make a shelter in place. A camping tent.
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Wipes, garbage bags and ties for sanitation
Cell phone with charger and back up battery
Meds; Glasses and contacts solution
Cash & traveler checks
Change of clothes.
Blankets or sleeping bags.
Personal hygiene such as sanitary pads
Entertainments: cards, color.
Don’t forget about your pets. You can learn tips for your pets and other tips for hurricane preparedness: http://traffic.libsyn.com/clearingclutterinsideout/AreYouPreparedforAnEmergency.mp3
Here’s an additional quick one-minute tip for your outside deck: https://youtu.be/bVH4ainSFBY
I hope that you never have to face an emergency, but if you do, I hope you’re prepared!
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