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What should you have for a Hurricane or storm

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Here are some basic tips for being ready for a major disaster like a Hurricane

  • Have SEVERAL Plans
    • Have a family communication plan ( suggest group text add people ahead of time), and where you would go if forced to evacuated.
    • Have a list of phone numbers you would call — if your cellphone battery dies etc.)
    • Have your inside plan if the storm gets worse what rooms would you go in (ie – Bathroom typically) as those areas are typically stronger.  If have a concrete room or home shelter.  If you go to the attic be sure to place a step ladder and ax/saw up there to ensure you can create an exit.
    • Have sheets (white sheet typical) or Bright Color to gain attention if you need help. You would place or hang it out the window.
    • If you loose communication – Have a backup plan to alert family (ie Facebook or someone you will alert who will tell others)
  • Have Food & Water
    • Remember before the storm you have Water (so you can fill containers, bottles if water shortages) Enough for each person to last 3 days minimum
    • Fill Tube with water for toilets and cleaning any cooking items. (gray water)
    • Dry foods (such as Energy Bars, pop tarts, etc) Avoid foods that need cooking or microwaving.  Avoid items that have high salt content as you will go become more thirsty consuming more water.
    •  Fruits (apples, Oranges, pears etc.)  Vegetables – (Carrots)
    • Peanut Butter / Jelly , Crackers / bread
    • Powered Milk and breakfast cereals  (water for this)
    • Nuts (low salt recommended)
    • Canned Meats – that do not need refrigerated and have easy open features (or hand can opener)
  • Take Photos & Videos of all your belongs & Home and load it into an online cloud storage.
    • Take Photos of electronics (being sure to include model names UPC codes)
    • Take Videos of property showing property condition
    • Take photos / video of clothing, furniture etc.
    • Take photos of people (if authorities need to find them)
    • **** Load all these to a ONLINE Cloud such as Google or remote backup clouds, or Iclouds etc.
    • Take photos of important documents (not always valid but it helps) Secure these – Safety deposit box at banks are often secure or safe.

 

  • Know the safest place in the home (typically a bathroom) if it gets so bad you can retreat to that area for safety.
  • Know where to go if your ordered to leave – what is your evacuation route! (have a print out of directs with alternative routes to it) also have a 2nd location if your prevented form getting to the first.  Have this already stored in the car.
  • Prepare your property.  Secure what you can (chairs, tables, grills can easily be blown), Tape windows at least in rooms you maybe in during high windows to reduce potential for breakage and for flying glass.
  • If your in an area that might flood, and you may rise into attic put a chain saw or ax in the attic to create an escape. Place a step ladder also in this area.  Bright color sheets, and or White.  BIG Marker if available.
  • If you have a big cooler you can be ready to move perishables to the cooler – while your power is on make ICE.   You can also fill your washer with ice as well and put items it then as it melts it will drain (warning this could potentially in a weaker model cause damage) but often is a good idea.
  • Generators or Battery backups. Cellphone battery backups work great to ensure you can communicate also most cellphones have a high energy saving mode to ensure it last the longest this typically means only a few apps like text messaging will work (thus why group text).
  • Ropes, chains and zip ties may be useful
  • Have a weather radio / battery powered radios
  • If in flood area – If you have life jackets from your boat or floaties kids use, or things that would float.
  • If you have pets bring them in if they are outside dogs.  Have an area your willing to let them potty if they cant go out.  Have plenty of there food on hand.
  • Have bandages, medical tape, band aids, wound treatments on hand in an emergency kit (have it in a very secure area so wont blow away and be sure everyone knows where the kit is)
  • Clear gutters and be sure there is good drainage to reduce structure damage.
  • Have a GO BAG ready –  Under wear, shorts, sleeping clothes, sweats if you need to go to a shelter. These items usually pack easy.  Dont worry about looking great, worry about having clothing.
  • Create a backup of your computer (and have it in safe place) or have remote backup
  • Battery Powered Radio / Weather radio

September 7, 2017
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