tracking izzy and some helpful hints
This is one crazy storm. We have as much chance of knowing exactly where this one is going as we have of knowing who's going to win the California election. As many choices, too.
And despite all my posting on how I don't panic and don't rush to the store in times of emergency, I am taking Izzy as serious as one should take a Category 4 hurricane. I'm going to Target during lunch and stocking up on essentials.
Just don't ask me what those essentials are. But they do include duct tape. That's for keeping the kids quiet when they panic.
For those in the put-upon areas of Izzy's fury, I've compiled a list from various sources to help you be prepared in the event this one tracks you down. Really, it's a serious list. No jokes below.
I think this list is if you are going to a shelter, but some of the stuff here is good to have anyhow:
1. 3 days supply of water (1 gallon per person per day)
2. Ready to eat canned and prepackaged foods.
3. Manual can opener. Prepackaged juices, milk and soup.
4. Disposable eating utensils (paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives, etc.).
5. Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb.
6. Portable radio with extra batteries Important personal and family documents (in a water proof container).
7. Change of clothes, sturdy shoes.
9. Prescription Medications
10. Extra car keys, credit cards, or traveler's checks.
11. Sanitation supplies (toilet paper, garbage bags, etc.).
12. Personal Identification.
13. First Aid Kit.
14. Provisions for pets
15. Special need items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
1. Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio or TV and a good supply of fresh replacement batteries.
2. Have flashlights available for all family members.
3. If an electric pump supplies your water, fill spare food-grade containers with water for cooking and washing in anticipation of a possible power interruption
4. Make sure all motor driven equipment, such as garage door openers, can be operated manually.
5. When using a portable generator, make sure all LIPA-powered equipment is disconnected. This will avoid severe hazards when reconnecting the power to your home or business.
6. Have a first aid kit at home and check its contents to make sure they are complete and up to date. If you have family members with special medical needs, such as insulin or other prescription drugs, check to make sure you have an adequate supply.
7. Do not use charcoal to cook indoors, deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate in your home.
8. If you have an elderly neighbor, be a Good Samaritan and check on his or her status. Even a quick telephone call during a storm can provide much appreciated assurance that help is nearby if needed.
9. Should an electric power interruption occur, all sensitive equipment, such as computers and TV's should be disconnected until service is restored.
Securing your home:
1. Stock up on non-perishable food and water supplies in case of a power outage.
2. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
3. Make sure your trees and shrubbery are trimmed and dead limbs removed.
4. Fuel and service family vehicles.
5. Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
6. Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials such as plywood.
7. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
8. Bring lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects such as garbage cans and garden tools inside. They can become dangerous projectiles during high winds.
9. If you have a boat, moor it securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure your boat to a trailer. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground or your house.
10. If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone or area prone to flooding, move furniture to a higher floor.
11. If you have to leave your home, remember to unplug your appliances, turn off the electricity and close the main water valve.
12. When you leave your home be sure to lock it and take small valuables with you