You may have heard the name Hurricane Sandy a million times in the last 5 days. You know, the “perfect” storm that has been roaring up the eastern coast, preparing to wreak havoc in her 800 mile path.
My family will tell you, I tend to act like Chicken Little when it comes to storms and this one is starting to freak me out a little bit. This time last year, to the day, we experienced Irene and while our location was spared losing power, those areas that surrounded us got the brunt of her madness and are still trying to rebuild. No one expected to feel any effects this far inland. We do Nor'easters…snow…not hurricanes.
Sandy is different. She is so large, that our entire STATE is under red ACTION on the local weather maps. I had a feeling that things could get bad quickly, so I started to acquire items last Friday to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. We are as ready as we can be.
I am going to reprint the How to Prepare for a Disaster Prep-List that I wrote last year…and if you are in the Northeast, please take note to prepare NOW. Better safe than sorry I say.
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.
As I said…we are as prepared as well as we can be. I have a feeling that Sandy will be worse than Irene. That being said…I may not have power for a few days! I will respond to comments as soon as I can…but if it takes me a few days, you know why!
Stay safe everyone!!