How To Prepare For The Stormy Weather – As Hermine Heads Towards The Northeast!
As we brace for Tropical Storm Hermine to hit our region tomorrow (Sunday September 4th) many of our fans wonder “How can we prepare should disaster strike?” Well, besides just having the knowledge of what to do in a medical or
traumatic emergency. You should ensure you
have enough supplies to last at least 72 hours without power. FEMA recommends building a “Disaster Supply Kit,” or a kit which is easily accessible and has many of the items one might need in an emergency. In fact, even though this post is geared towards preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine these same tips can be utilized as the winter months creep in and snow comes into our forecasts. Remember though, among everything else when dealing with any type of storm or weather emergency YOUR SAFETY COMES FIRST!
At the time of this post Hurricane Hermine had killed two individuals in it’s travels and is heading towards the East Coast with force! Along with having flashlights ready to go CPR By Jeremy wants to ensure you and your family are ready when the storm strikes!
According to FEMA your “Ready” Kit should contain all or most of the following items (Printable checklist available by clicking here):
- 1 Gallon of Drinking Water Per Person Day For At Least 3 Days
- 3 Meals Per Person Per Day For At Least 3 Days
- Battery-powered or hand cranked radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight(s) and extra batteries
- A First aid kit
- A Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks, to help filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (baring you have packed canned foods)
- Local Maps
- Extra Prescription medications and glasses
- Baby formula and diapers (If needed)
- Pet food and extra water (above the noted amount) for pets
- Copies of important family documents (such as insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof bag or container
- Cash or travelers checks
- Emergency reference material, such as a textbook from CPR By Jeremy or other information available online.
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person, consider additional bedding if you live in a cold climate
- Complete change of clothes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (FEMA States that 16 drops of household bleach in a gallon of water can be used as a disinfectant)
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Personal hygiene items
- Paper and Pencil
- Books, puzzles, games, and other activities for children
Above all please be safe and DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE ANY DOWNED WIRES, Always remember to assume any wire is live and stay away from all windows as the stor
m gets closer. Furthermore, if a road looks flooded DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE YOUR CAR THRU IT! It only takes a few inches of water to pick up your car and trap you your loved ones in flood waters.
One final tip – please only utilize 9-1-1 in a dire emergency, while this may go without saying for most of our readers there are some people out there who will utilize 9-1-1 in non-emergent situations during the storm. Remember, in much of our region these first responders are volunteers risking their lives to save yours – let’s save them for the situations in which seconds can make a difference!
We will post updates via our Facebook Page as forecast information becomes available and wish everyone both in our region and regions the storm has already hit the best in their storm recovery.
Sources: Weather Map: http://www.nj.com/weather/index.ssf/2016/09/tropical_storm_watch_issued_for_nj_as_hurricane_he.html Ready Kit Information: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit