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HURRICANE SANDY PREPARATION TIPS
Hurricane Sandy is a large and dangerous storm that could affect a wide stretch of the East Coast from the Carolinas to northern New England later this weekend and early next week. Now is the time to prepare for prolonged power outages, damaging winds, and flooding rain.
Prepare a Disaster Kit
Prepare your disaster kit with the following:
Stock up on 3 to 7 days worth of non-perishable food — and don`t forget the can opener.
Plan on one gallon of drinking water per person per day for 3-7 days.
Have flashlights for every person in the home.
Include a battery-powered weather radio for the latest updates of the disaster.
Pillows and blankets.
A supply of batteries.
Cash (low denomination bills recommended).
First Aid Kit.
And don`t forget to top-off your car`s gas tank in case you need to evacuate.
Prepare Your Home
Every home should be ready for high winds and heavy rain. Here are some tips:
Move anything that can be blown around in high winds inside
Clear leaves and debris from street storm drains, house gutters, and downspouts .
Check your generator for fuel and proper operations.
Get extra ice for refrigerators and freezers in preparation for power outages
Get firewood ready if you have a fireplace and think you`ll need heating
Prepare Your Family
Be sure to discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home`s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
Determine if your home is in a flood plain and if it is, know all the evacuation routes
Find where your local community shelter is located
Plan escape routes from your home and places to meet.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate- hotels often do not allow pets and pet-friendly shelters often fill up.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
Prepare Your Pets
Here are tips to prepare your pets for evacuation:
With a pet on board, it is important to evacuate early.
Bring the brand of food the pet regularly eats. Due to stress, the pet may have stomach problems. Having the food they are accustomed to will help minimize this.
Pets should be equipped with a collar, tags, and microchip tracking technology.
All medical papers should be copied and packed in your evacuation kit.
A cage and/or carrier of proper size should be clean and ready to go before evacuations are called.
Leashes and restraints are required at most shelters- be sure to have a set packed into your kit.
Prepare For Evacuation
It is very important to know your local evacuation route. Become familiar with it so if you need to evacuate, there will not be any confusion.
Evacuations are commonly called for places that are prone to flooding and storm surge. Check with local authorities to see if your house is in a flood-evacuation zone.
If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
Have an extra supply of fuel for your vehicle
Pack all medications. Have a copy of the prescription in case you lose your medicine or need a refill.
Remember: being prepared allows for a smoother ride through the storm and less damage to the home. If you are not in a flood-prone or low-lying area, evacuation orders are less likely, but it is still crucial that you and your property are secured. Stay safe!