If you are living on the east coast then no doubt you have been hearing about Hurricane Sandy. This storm is being called “unprecedented” and a “monster of a storm” by professional meteorologists. It could bring damaging winds that could cripple the most population dense area of the United States and will include over a foot of snow for some areas as the collected moisture hits cold air.
While the weekend and beginning of the week is due to bring Sandy ashore, the hurricane is today causing trouble for the east coast of Florida despite being offshore. Meteorologist are warning those in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, areas and states extending upward into the northern New England area to get ready NOW. From the Carolinas to Canada the danger from Hurricane Sandy is a real threat.
Don’t wait until the hurricane is upon you or it may be too late for you may lose power or be unable to leave the area if you plan to do so because of flooding or traffic jams. Waiting until Hurricane Sandy is upon us is too late. The day to prepare is TODAY!
Here are some helpful tips and links to help you prepare for Hurricane Sandy:
- Stay tuned to local weather reports and news conferences from local authorities.
- Routinely gather information from the national weather authorities such as The Weather Channel where massive amounts of information can be had both through television, the Internet, over social media and through mobile phone text alerts. They have live satellite feed, pictures, alerts, and the latest updates that could be more detailed than you could receive from some local newscasts.
- Refill prescription medicine for family members and pets.
- Purchase bottled water, canned foods, non-perishables, and pet foods. Don’t forget to add in the water need of your pets.
- Fill up your bathtubs with water so that you can use the water to flush toilets or for other use so you can use bottled water for drinking.
- If you have pets make sure you have collars on all of them with identifying information. Put phone numbers versus addresses on the tags on each line that you can for you want to be contacted even if someone cannot get to your home. Putting reward if found on one line of a tag can help get your pet home. Most pet stores have tag making machines.
- If you live in areas that could be evacuated then make sure you have all your pet’s medical records, food, leashes, and crates or carriers ready for evacuation. NEVER leave your pets behind if you have to evacuate and don’t leave them contained in a backyard or tied up. If you want to be assured your pet is cared for then contact a boarding facility outside of the threat zone and drive your pet to the facility. Sometimes neighbors will share the ride to help get pets into a safe area while their families await the storms.
- Gather a list of phone numbers you may need in an emergency and put them into your mobile phone now including the numbers of your nearby neighbors, gas leak reporting, emergency personnel, veterinarians, doctors, hospitals, insurance agents and hotel reservation numbers in case you have to evacuate quickly.
- Have backup battery recharging options in the case of losing electricity in your home.
- Inform everyone that may contact you to check you are OK that if mobile phone towers are compromised that texting may be possible when calls are not and to try texting if they cannot reach you by phone.
- Have bags packed with clothes, important papers, etc. ready in case of an evacuation.
- Batteries, radios, flashlights, blankets, and bleach should be on hand. Never use candles in the event damaging winds do damage in your area for gas leaks could occur.
- If possible put important items out of reach of possible flooding levels.
- Load up on items to keep children occupied such as games, books, and toys in case you lose electricity.
- Get cash to have on hand as well as filling up your gas tank.
Check out these important and informative links:
- National Hurricane Center
- www.ready.gov – includes check lists for disaster kits, evacuations, etc.
- Animal care info in disaster situations
- Check list for preparing to keep your pet safe in the event of a hurricane
- Setting up alerts from The Weather Channel on your phone
Don’t take chances and make sure you are prepared for Hurricane Sandy. Be safe everyone! Check our next week’s blog post on Unique and Special Wedding Venues in the DMV area.