Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Is Coming - Last Minute Preparations

Here Are A Few Last Minute Tips:

Just a couple of things that we are doing to prepare, here in Maryland, before "Hurricane Sally" arrives:
  • Get all loose items such as lawn decorations, furniture, kids toys, etc to a location away from wind and other debris. A shed, garage, or enclosed porch works best. You don't want your Election 2012 yard signs to blow away either!
  • Get ice to put in the freezer to ensure that if loss of power occurs that the temperature will remain consistent and protect the contents from spoiling.
  • Locate any candles, lanterns, flashlights, batteries, and light sources that you may need. Purchasing these items is always a wise decision for numerous reasons. Light is important in any emergency situation.
  • Make sure to have enough food and clean drinking water for 3 days - 1 week minimum (per person). Depending on your specific location and other various factors, choosing the right amount is up to the individual. It never hurts to be prepared. 
  • Alternative cooking source in case the loss of power occurs. Having a grill or gas cook-top is a great idea not only for camping, tailgating and the beach, but also emergency situations. Have an alternative source to cook and prepare your food during a power outage. We all need to eat. Have a plan A, B, and C. Eating is vital.
  • Having an evacuation plan never hurts either. Totally up to you.
  • Blankets and clothes. When the power goes off in October, depending on where you live, it can be pretty cold at night. Locate these items while you have power and know where they are when you need them. 
  • Entertainment: I know this is important for many of you: CHARGE your phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices that you so desperately need. This will help keep you from "withdraw" or asking random people if they have power and if you can come in and charge something ;) I use back-up power devices for my tablet. Shutdown desktop computers to protect against surges and consider power supply alternatives.