Thursday, August 25, 2011

Storms, Earthquakes and Hurricanes Oh My!

The East Coast is getting hit hard this week! I hope everyone is busy preparing and stays safe . And speaking of preparing, do you have an emergency kit? With all this going on, this is a good time to invest in one. The earthquake in VA this week is proof that you just never know what could happen. Here are the basic items you should have in an emergency kit according to the Red Cross:

  • Water (The Red Cross recommends 1 gallon per person per day with a minimum 3 day supply)
  • Food (Non perishable)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of important documents
  • Cell phone
  • Emergency contact info
  • Cash
  • Emergency blanket
You can find an expanded list here:

You can also buy kits here:

Here are some guidelines to follow during a hurricane according to FEMA

  • Listen to the news for info.
  • Secure your home. Close shutters or board up windows, secure any outside furniture or items.
  • Turn off propane. Turn off other utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Have a supply of water
Evacuate under the following conditions:

  • You are directed to evacuate by local authorities.
  • You live in a mobile home or temporary shelter.
  • You live in a high rise building.
  • If you live on the coast, in a flood plain or near a body of water.
  • You feel like you're in danger.
If you cannot evacuate:

  • Stay indoors!!!!!
  • Close all interior doors and close and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed.
  • Stay in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy object.
You can find the full expanded guidelines here:

You can find the latest info on Hurricane Irene here:

Stay Safe!!!

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