The stuff we carry and the bags we carry it in!

Moderator: ripjack13

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:43 pm
Well...looks like Hurricane Irene is coming up the Eastern seaboard...and it has the potential to be bad according to the National Weather Service !!

So, what are you doing to prepare for this event !?

Do you even have a plan ?! Are you going to bug-out or hunker down and ride it out...??

Do you have a Hurricane preparation kit ?!

Here's a few suggestions on what should be at hand should the worst come to pass...

Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items - for babies and the elderly

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries

Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods


Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:52 pm
Other considerations...

An Approaching Storm

As a storm approaches, you should prepare your house and your yard. Some things to consider:

•Turn down the temperature on your freezer and refrigerator as low as possible. This will buy you more time in the event of a power loss. 24 to 48 hours before will cool the food. Avoid opening them whenever possible. If you are evacuating, probably unnecessary.
•Before you evacuate, call at least one person out of state to let them know your plans.
•Ensure that your Hurricane Emergency Kit is fully stocked.
•Charge electronic devices, for example, computers, cell phones, rechargeable batteries, razors, and the like.
•Make extra ice, bag it - this will be useful to use and to keep the freezer cold.
•Do the same with your home air conditioner. It gets very hot and very humid very quickly. If you are evacuating, this is not necessary.
•If you have a generator, do NOT run it inside or near the house. But make sure you have fuel to run it.
•Make sure your car has fuel.
•Pick up yard debris - furniture, tools, decorative items, branches - anything loose that could become a missile. We have placed furniture in the pool upon occasion.
•Secure boats, trailers, campers, RVs, and the like in the safest place you can find. Tie them down, anchor them, or however you can best secure them. But, take into account that there may be a storm surge.
•Secure all doors and windows with locks, and shutters if available. Plywood, properly secured, can be effective. Don't forget your garage doors.
•Move items that may be damaged by water to higher areas of your home if you can not take them with you if evacuating. Move them away from windows in case they are broken.
•Huge items must even be secured in big storms.
An engine block was found 40 or 50 feet up in a pine tree in the Homestead (actually Redlands) area after Andrew. Don't think that something is too big to be moved by the wind.
•Re-check tie-downs.
•Bring cars, bikes, scooters and anything like that into your garage if possible.
•Bring in grills or other cooking items.
•Bring in hoses, trash cans, hot tub covers, wind-chimes, plants.
•Caulk and fill bathtubs - extra water comes in handy for toilets and more..
•It may sound strange, but do your laundry, dishes, and take a shower. Why? Because if you lose power, having as much clean as possible will make a big difference.
•Check if your pool pump should be on or off.
•Close and fasten gates so they don't swing.
•Close chimney flues.
•Close/latch inside doors and cabinets.

If you have time, help your neighbors. Debris in their yards can easily impact your home and yard.

During a storm.

•Stay inside, away from windows
•Be alert for tornadoes
•Stay away from flood waters and storm surge. It can be deceptively strong.
•Be aware of the eye. It may be calm, but winds can and will pick up quickly and could catch you outside.
•Un-plug electronic devices that are not in use to avoid surge damage. This is less likely that during afternoon thunderstorms because lightening is rare in a hurricane, but it is better to be safe.

After a Storm

•Know power safety - avoid downed lines
•Know food safety - what is good and for how long.
•Chain saw safety is critical
•Generator safety is important too
•Water treatment - whether water needs to be boiled or not.
•Listen to local officials
•Use flashlights instead of candles
•Inspect your home for damage.
•Stay off roads as much as possible
•You may need to super-chlorinate your pool

Boat Prep

1. Move life jackets and first aid kits to house
2. Remove cushions and lose items (e.g. boat tops) and move to garage
3. Anchor hatch covers
4. Move to maximum davit height, fasten cables
5. Unplug davits/lifts
6. Turn off outside electricity to davits
7. For our Boston Whaler: put in main plug on boat (take out other plugs)
8. Tighten down davit locks
9. Tie down boat with dock lines

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