As Hurricane Irene bears down on the upper east coast of the US, make sure you and your family are prepared. Even if you don’t live in the area, contact family that does to ensure they’re aware of what’s happening and are taking the proper precautions.
Here are 7 Things You Can to to Prepare Yourself for Hurricane Irene:
1. Plan for Power Outages. Make sure your flashlights have fresh batteries and grab extras in case the outage is extended. Charge your cell phone now—and preserve it’s battery.
2. Get Your Emergency Kit. Find your emergency/preparedness kit and make sure it’s stocked with water and non-perishable food. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener and a first aid kit.
3. Stay Tuned to Weather Updates. Invest in a battery or hand crank weather radio. Be aware of the forecast and any watches or warnings. Listen for instructions from officials and follow them.
4. Steer Clear of Windows. During the storm, glass windows may shatter—stay clear of them.
5. Withdraw Cash. ATM machines are likely to be dysfunctional during or after a storm. Get plenty of cash ahead of time so you aren’t stuck without a way to buy things you need.
6. Bring Stuff Inside. Anything untethered in the yard—bikes, toys, grills, furniture—should be tied down, or brought in the house.
7. Have a Plan. Discuss a plan with your family—have a meeting place, a buddy system, etc. Make sure everyone (especially small children) know emergency numbers and their own address. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, too!
We hope everyone stays safe during this tumultuous time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that may be affected by this storm.