As Sandy gets closer, people rush to buy bottled water and batteries. Hopefully you’re not one of them but if you are, here’s the skinny on the situation.
1) Stay informed and evacuate if mandatory. No material possession is worth risking your life and the life of your loved ones.
Call your family NOW. Lines may go down for days, so let at least two family members know where you plan to be, if you’re staying or not. It may be several days until you communicate with them again.
2) If you are bugging in, put up your hurricane shutters. If you don’t have any then an “x” of good tape across the window glass will help stop it from shattering too bad if it gets broken during the storm. Only you know how good of a shelter your home is, the general advice is not to underestimate the situation.
3) Remove any objects from your yard that may fly off, maybe against your own windows or yourself! Lawn chairs, toys, anything that could be dangerous if thrown at someone at high speed must be secured indoors.
4) Hopefully you’re not just now running to the supermarket and you already have your supplies. Have at least a gallon of water per person per day, have enough for seven days (authorities recommend a 3 day minimum). Store food that doesn’t require refrigeration as the power is likely to go down. Choose food that requires no cooking for this same reason.
5) Charge cell phones, laptops and rechargeable batteries now. Check your rechargeable batteries as some of them lose power on their own as time goes by. Get any dishes or laundry done now. Throw a few bottles in the freeze so as to keep the fridge food cold if the power goes down.
6) Have your basic supplies ready. Blankets, LED flashlights, batteries, disposable cardboard plates and cups to make dinner time easier. Given that you may not have water or electricity, this avoids the problem of washing the dishes. Make sure you have a radio (and batteries) so as to stay informed. Books, cards, board games and toys keep kids entertained, no need to waste power on ipads or Tv sets.
Sandy will be hitting tonight, so good luck everyone!
Feel free to comment here on how things are going around your neck of the woods.