LEARN WHAT TO PACK>>>>
Make sure you pack:
• Batteries (for radios, clock radios…because you will not have TV or internet or phone service for
who knows how long.
• Can opener (not an electric one!! Manual. Dollar Tree)
• Baby wipes or Wet wipes (as you may not be able to take a shower or bathe for a couple of days because the water plants will be closed and our tap water / shower water will have bacteria and should be avoided.
• LOTS of bottled water. Not only for drinking, but for cleaning, mixing stuff you can manage to “cook” (I’ll explain the cooking part on this paper also).
• Candles. Yes, this can be a hazard, but it gets dark at 8pm. It will be VERY dark in your house and outside.
• Canned: tuna fish / vegetables/ fruit/non perishable whatever.
• Granola bars or some type of snack / fruit bars.
• A few buckets of water in your tub (for WORST case scenario…when toilets cannot be flushed)
• Band aids
• Place your passport/IDS/all docs that cannot be replaced or you would need to grab in a plastic bag. Take if your home was on fire/collapsing/being evacuated.
o It’s much easier just to grab the one bag (or your whole hurricane kit) and run instead of having to panic and run around at the last minute.) put some cash in this bag also, because ATMs will not work and IF any type of store should be able to open, they will only take cash because phone lines will not be operating for credit or debit cards.
• If you live in an apartment building or high rise, put a few extension cords in your kit. Most big buildings will have a generator that kicks in and lights the hallways for emergency purposes. You can look in your trash shoot area or in the hall and find an electrical outlet and you can plug an extension cord into this (or link several of them together) and run it under your door so you can have a bit of electricity!!)
• Camera (CHARGED if digital), so you can take pictures of WHATEVER (damage, events, etc.)
• Matches / lighter
• Utility knife, hammer, screwdriver and a regular cooking knife
• Bug spray (in case your windows break, you will need it a day later)
• All of your keys (in case you grab kit and run)
• Plastic plates, cups and utensils (you will not be able to wash dishes safely)
• Hand sanitizer
• Mouth wash (will not be safe to brush teeth using sink water)
Other important tips and info:
• Pack a tent if you have one…just in case. Pack is if you are going on an extended camping trip.
• Start making ice cubes on Friday evening . Fill freezer. These can be put in bath tub or sink to keep some liquids or foods cold (for a while)
• Fill car gas tank PRIOR to the expected storm arrival. Be extremely careful if able to drive, circumstances will be drastically different from what you have been accustom.
• Do NOT walk around and investigate far from your doorway. Let the immediate are “settle”. There will be lots of insects and animals who have been flooded out of their natural habitat and will be on edge. REMEMBER you will NOT be able to call 911. So play it safe and smart.
• If people start to loot , make sure you signal to them you are up and watching by having some sort of light source in a window they can see, so they stay away.
• Do NOT count on texting- as many found out they could do after earthquake.
• Put everything inside from your yard that can go airborne and become dangerous projectiles.
• STAY AWAY from windows when the weather event occurs.
• BEFORE STORM…
o unplug everything you will not be using in the next two hours. If water starts coming in your house, it might be too late to run around and try to do this.
o CHARGE EVERYTHING…..