If you are a storm watcher like me then you know we have Tropical Depression Nine out there in the Atlantic, and it is likely we will have Tropical Storm Isaac by the end of the day. What is different about Isaac? Well, its the first storm of the season that is headed our way. I know, its early, but its still not too late to get prepared. Here are some tips from FEMA and the Red Cross on how to prepare for a natural disaster…
Next, drinking water: make sure you prepare at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Buy bottled water or store tap water in washed plastic containers. Put the date on the container and make sure to refresh your supply every six months. Another great tip is to pick up some water treatment tablets to keep in your kit in case you run out of water.
Food supplies: canned meats, fruits and vegetables are good choices along with peanut butter, crackers, powdered milk, soup, granola bars, instant coffee (this would be a must for me), and basic spices like salt and pepper. Make sure everything is non-perishable and use a marker to date foods and replace them every six months. Also include paper plates, plastic cups, utensils and trash bags. Don’t forget a can opener!!!
First Aid Kit: pack a manual and pre-pared first aid kit as this should cover the basics like gauze and bandages. Gather together antibiotic ointment, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide as well as anti-bacterial soap. In addition, include a small supply of over-the-counter items like aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, and antihistamines along with any regular prescriptions you or your family needs.
Essential Tools and Supplies: besides food, water and medical supplies, you will need to pack a variety of items for safety and comfort. These include a flashlight with extra batteries, needle & thread, matches in a waterproof container, duct tape, scissors, blankets, a change of clothes and plastic sheeting. Include chlorine bleach and other disinfectants as well as a few rolls of toilet paper and paper towels. Don’t forget about your pets! Make sure to pack adequate supplies of their food and extra water as well.
Last but not least, make sure to keep a copy of household documents, insurance policies, contact numbers, and any other important account information in a waterproof bag or lock box for safe keeping.