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In light of the more urgent news that Central New York may be severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy next week, I have been researching a little how to be prepared. I thought I would share what I am reading with all of you.
First, you should begin preparing now for the emergency and have enough on hand to survive for at least 72 hours after the storm hits. What you have in your disaster kit should be able to be portable in case you need to evacuate unexpectedly. Your disaster kit should have food, water and enough supplies to get you through that 72 hour period.
A Basic Disaster Kit contains some or all of the following items:
*Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
*Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
*Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
*Flashlight and extra batteries
*First aid kit
*Whistle to signal for help
*Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and 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
*Manual can opener for food
*Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Of the food in your kit - it should consist of what your family will eat, will not make you thirsty. Foods like cereals, salt-free crackers and canned foods with liquids are good choices. Make sure you pack a manual can opener in your kit too.
One other point to make - You will need to protect the water sources already in your home from contamination if you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines or if local officials advise you of a problem. To close the incoming water source, locate the incoming valve and turn it to the closed position. Be sure you and your family members know how to perform this important procedure.
The kit should be held in a plastic tote and every family member should know where it is located.
I will update any info I can as I can for everyone. Stay safe!
You can get more information on how to prepare for a disaster at ready.gov.
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