Tuesday, September 06, 2005

So you won't say you didn't know...

It may seem a little obvious now, but I thought that I'd publish some preparedness tips in case you are faced with a natural disaster.

The Red Cross recommends the following safety steps and tips [emphasis mine]:

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Gather emergency supplies including: emergency medications, nonperishable food, a non-electric can opener, bottled water (at least three gallons per day per person), a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, extra clothes, important documents, cash and credit cards, a first aid kit and other items for infants, elderly or disabled family members and pets
  • Store supplies in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container, such as a plastic tub with handles
Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan
  • Identify an evacuation route ahead of time; discuss with family members
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • In case of evacuation to an American Red Cross shelter, be sure to bring the disaster supplies kit, medications, extra clothing, pillows and blankets and other hygiene and comfort supplies
  • Make advance preparations for pets so you can bring them with you when you leave, but remember, due to health department regulations, pets aren't allowed in public shelters
Prepare for High Winds
  • Measure windows and obtain shutters or cut plywood to cover each one
  • Remove diseased and damaged tree limbs well before a storm strikes
  • Strengthen garage doors with vertical support beams made from 2X4s and "L" brackets. Get professional help if needed

3 comments:

Robert said...

Conductor,

All good and sound advice. Unfortunately, not everyone follows it, especially in the areas that are the MOST vulnerable.

Juan Paxety said...

An even better container is one of those large plastic coolers with a handle and wheels. It's large enough to hold a lot of stuff, is relatively waterproof, and it's easy to roll to the car if you evacuate.

What everyone should realize is that you are responsible for protecting you and your family. Government can only, at best, give you a hand.

Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Shelter means just that. Shelter. You are responsible for bringing food and water for yourself and your family. You have to assume the worst , which is that outside help won't arrive for at least a week.