Most of the time I think the general reporting of news is over hyped. However with the regards of Sandy the Frankenstorm I will err on the side of caution. Given the havoc the last few storms have caused as far inland as Ohio I think we should take a minute to review our emergency preparations which I talked about previously HERE.
There is no need to panic and go willy nilly buying everything you can get your hands on. Otherwise you are gonna end up with a dozen packages of underwear that is 3 sizes to small, a pantry full of pickled beets or sardines and be out of your hard earned money.
- Sanitation and Hygiene
- 1 gallon per day per person for drinking , cooking and sanitation. Don't forget water for your pets!
- Fill some old milk jugs, coolers etc w/ tap water and add a little bit of bleach (1/2 tsp per gallon) to use for flushing toilets.
- Designate a fresh gallon (or 2) depending on the size of your family for brushing teeth
- Stock up of wet wipes/ baby wipes and instant shampoo. These items will allow you to save water for drinking and cooking.
- Food for you and your pets.
- As far as human food goes, ready to eat type food and snacks are great for those who lose power and don't have a generator. Such as granola bars, peanut butter, crackers,dried fruit and jerky --no refrigeration or cooking needed.!
- Do NOT expect restaurants and stores will accommodate you.
- Stash an extra bag of food for your pets
- Get some fuel
- Fill the tank of your car
- If you have a generator, fill it and have an extra 5 gallon can of gas
- Have an extra propane tank (or 2)
- If you have a wood/pellet stove, make sure you have firewood/pellets
- Get some cash
- Even if it is $50, don't assume banks will be open and ATM's or credit card machines are operational
- Pack a BOB (Bug Out Bag)
- If it s bad enough you may need to evacuate
- Make sure you have items ready to go for you and your family (including pets)
- Change of clothes (or 2),a blanket, medications, first aid kit, personal toiletries, weather radio, flashlight, pack of batteries, and car cell phone charger.
- Make a plan
- Where will you go if you need to evacuate?
- Do you have all valuable items secured?
- What about important documents-birth certificates, passports, bank books, etc..?
- Do have arrangements made for your pets?
- Don't assume you can leave them in their crates or turn them loose and they will be ok (Think Katrina)
Be safe my friends!