Jun 11, 2008
* Communication and teamwork is key. Stick together, work together and heed the instructions of safety officials.
* You can pick up a car refrigerator for under $50. It runs off your car battery. Though not large, a car fridge can store at least a day's preparations and may of course be refilled as needed.
* Bring car activities for kids (and adults).
* Make sure that you have enough time to get out of the danger zone, taking into account current traffic conditions based on news reports. The last thing you want is to be trapped in your car while the storm is coming ashore. Get out early by the fastest route possible.
* Not everyone has to do all of these steps or tips, if you are not directly or close to the eye of the storm. In this case, the most you can expect are heavy rains, and winds. - unless you are on the northeast quadrant of the incoming storm. Tornadoes are often spawned as the storms push inland,.
* A safe way to use candles is to put them in a saucepan, deeper than the candle is high, with shiny sides. The light will reflect off the ceiling and inside of the pot, and the candle will be protected from being knocked over. An inch or so of water in the pot isn't a bad idea, either.
* Do not use a toilet without water in the tank to flush it. The waste left there will produce a smell that is most unpleasant in your home. This could make it uninhabitable. Remember that sometime in the future what ever you leave in the bowl you will need to remove from the bowl. This is a most unpleasant task which is better to prevent. Each flush takes over a gallon of water. You can go outside and collect water from swimming pools, puddles, ditches, and canals. One easy way to collect water for flushing is to put empty garbage cans in a place where they can collect rain that runs off the roof. A large garbage can holds 50+ gallons. That equals 50+ flushes. If the toilet will not flush then you can not use it. You could line the bowl with a garbage bag and then remove the waste from the home. A 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag makes a good emergency toilet. This method will use up a lot of garbage bags in a short amount of time. Better to dig a hole in the yard and use it for an emergency toilet.
* You may also sprinkle cat litter in the 5 gallon bucket between uses. This will absorb liquid and allow multiple uses of a bag before removal to the outside of the house.
* Heed all directions of both the Red Cross and government officials.
* Throughout the preparatory phase and the storm itself, do not let your love of adventure overwhelm your common sense.
* Use common sense. Don't panic. Be ready to react if the situation changes.
* Battery operated flashlights are fine if the power is out for a short time. The new LED flashlights work well, as long as a spotlight isn't needed. Target and other stores have good ones in the $10 range that drop into a pocket and run on AA and AAA cells. They're great for personal lights, and the batteries last five to ten times as long as with regular incandescent flashlights. Additionally, LED conversion bulbs are available on the Internet for more popular brands of flashlights.
* After a couple of days you will need candles for light. Buy big decorative candles that will burn for days. Keep lanterns/candles in frequently used locations, such as the bathroom counter, next to the door, and on your bedroom nightstand. IF there are gas leaks, explosive chemicals in your area, do NOT use candles, if you do, watch them to prevent fire, especially if children are with you.
* "Self Powered Lights" and "Self Powered Radios". This equipment is either solar powered, and/or has a "crank up" generator built into the light and the radio. Find the lights at the local Wal*Mart, the radios at the local Radio Shack and/or the Internet. This will SAVE you $$$$ on batteries, IF you can find any, since they'll be sold out WEEKS before a storm hits you. Some of these models will also charge cell phones.
* Glow sticks. found in the Wal*Mart and sporting goods dealers. Safer than candles, in case there are gas leaks, explosive,flammable chemicals in your area.
* Solar powered garden lights. You can charge them up in the sun by day and use them indoors for lighting at night.
* Battery-operated radio
* Canned goods and can opener, fruits and vegetables and other foods that do not require refrigeration.
* Water (at least one gallon daily per person with a seven-day supply). You can also fill up bathtubs if you close or seal the drains.
* Bleach. In the event that water enters your home, you will need to get it out and then kill any microbes that remain.
* Take highly-valued items with you or, for those items staying in the home, wrap in plastic or place in plastic bags. Even if you are riding out the storm, consider placing photos, insurance papers and other important papers in sealed bags.
* Corded phone. Even if your electricity is out, your telephone may still work. Cordless phones still require electricity, so plug in a corded phone, and you may be surprised.
* Cell phone and extra charged batteries.
* A DC to AC inverter.
* Pre-moistened towelettes.
* Battery-powered fans will be very appreciated if the power is out.
* Lots of batteries of all sizes (you can always use later what is not used during the storm). Consider buying a car battery to power battery operated devices in the home.
* Make sure each person has their own flashlight and battery supply, in case you have to separate.
* A good supply of all prescription drugs.
* A first-aid kit.
* Optional but helpful is one pair of wading pants for each member of the family, or at least the adults of the household. If you live in an area prone to flooding, you do not want to be walking around with your skin exposed to contaminated water if there is a need, after the storm, to walk from the home.
* Plenty of self powered flashlights. This type of light needs NO batteries, which will be unavailable if a hurricane hits and destroys your area, batteries are sold out in your area. Candles are okay too as long as you follow some basic safety rules such as attending to them at all times. DO NOT use if there is gas in your area, you even suspect gas in the area.
* Plenty of large plastic garbage bags to dispose of human waste and other garbage.
* Supply of Toilet Paper, and other toiletries as needed.
* At least one 5-gallon bucket * and cat litter (the bio-degradable kind) for toilet use.
* A pocket knife for cutting things.
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