One thing I love about blogging is that it can be flexible. Scheduled today was to be my first BlogHer '11 recap post, but there is a lady, by the name of Irene storming up the Eastern coast, and just like a woman scorned, she is about to reek havoc to all in her 600 mile wide path. Including my neck of the woods! So, BlogHer '11 got pushed back and today I am talking about Irene.
I have had The Weather Channel on 24/7 to follow her raging madness…and to learn of mandatory evactuations, including ,Virginia Beach where I have family.
Some may say I am taking on the personality of the character Chicken Little.
I don't care.
I'm used to it.
Living in the Northeast, I am known to give play by plays on upcoming blizzard or ice storms that are sure to pummel us. This habit began because the last time I was talked into ignoring a forecasted storm, I got stranded in the middle of Pennsylvania nowhere-land, in a cabin donning a deer antler for a door handle, in hip-deep snow from The Storm of the Century, back in 1993. Yeah, remember that one? I do. And it wasn't fun. It took me DAYS to get home.
So, since then, I have paid close attention…and Hurricane Irene has me on notice. I do not have to board up my house, but according to the track, my area is under the ‘extreme' category of hurricane force wind, rain and flooding. Chances are pretty good that our power will go out.
I've never been through a hurricane before, but I am guessing preparing for one might be like getting ready for a blizzard sans the tire chains and heavy winter clothes.
To be prepared for any disaster is really pretty easy if you keep it simple:
- Fill up your car gas tank. Get extra for generator if you have one. Gas pumps are electric, if power goes out, you cannot fill up.
- Charge your phone/Ipad/laptop.
- Take pictures of your lovely abode. If something drastic happens, you will be happy to show the insurance agent the ‘Before picture'.
- Take out some cash to get you through a couple of days. Again..no power, no working ATM.
- Have batteries for flashlights and radios.
- Matches or a lighter. If you have a gas stove, you can still cook!
- Fill your tub with water- you may need it to flush your toilets.
- Water for drinking; 1 gallon per person, for 2-3 days.
- Non-perishable food; tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit and veggies, soup, powerbars, for 2-3 days.
- Regular hand operated can opener!
- Make “ice-bags”, fill zip lock bag 3/4 full and put in freezer. Will keep food cool and if you need water to drink, you have it.
Need to leave? Here are a few additional tips:
- Blankets/sleeping bags.
- Important family documents and copies in a zip lock bag.
- Change of clothes.
- First Aid kit.
- Grab a photo album.
I am sure I am forgetting something.
This week I have lived through hail, an earthquake and now a hurricane. Something is going down…
and the sky just might be falling!
Do you have an emergency plan? Do you have some tips to add to the above? Please share them, because I love to be prepared!