HURRICANE FLORENCE TIPS
What to do as storm approaches
— Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.
— Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
— Fill a bathtub with water. Also remember to lock the bathroom door if you choose to fill the bathtub.
— Get a full tank of gas in one car.
— Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.
— Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.
— Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.
— Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes if possible.
— Store important documents — passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds — in a watertight container.
— Have a current inventory of household property.
— Leave a note to say where you are going.
— Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave.
— If possible, turn off the electricity, gas and water for the residence.
List of supplies
— A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
— Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
— A can opener.
— A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
— Extra batteries.
— A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
— A seven-day supply of medications.
— A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
— Cell phones and chargers.
— Extra cash.
— Wet wipes.
— A camera (to document storm damage).
— Household bleach.
— Paper cups, plates and paper towels.
— Activities for children.
— Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.
1. Start running your ice makers TODAY. Bag the ice. Fill the space between your freezer items as much as you can. A full freezer will stay cooler longer – put extra bottles of water in any space left.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking. Use Tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Sanitize at least one bathtub & fill with water 24 hours before the storm hits. BUT TODAY MEANWHILE make sure your tub will hold water through a storm. YOU MIGHT THINK YOUR TUB HOLDS WATER but a 20-minute bath is not the same as keeping filled for several days. Fill it with about 2 inches of water & check on it after a couple of hours. If the water is lower, replace your stopper & try again, OR fill several plastic Totes/bins with water & keep them in the tub or a secure low-traffic area of your house.
4. Start using your perishables TODAY to make more room for ice in the freezer.
5. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
6. Gas up all vehicles & check tires & oil TODAY.
7. Get cash TODAY from ATM (if power goes out, the machine won’t work). Get enough to get you through tolls & out of town to get supplies & more gas later.
8. Screenshot & send to your email all of your important documents. Put originals in sealed bags or plastic bins. (There’s a lot to do regarding homeowner’s and renters insurance, not to mention flood insurance). If you have questions about your current coverage, call your insurance agent!
9. Stock up on pet & livestock food & supplies. Have your animals’ records handy in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
10. Share evacuation plans with family & friends so they know where you will be.
11. Store family heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, attic, or safe room if you can’t take them with you.
12. Keep old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels are better than soaked floors or drywall!
13. Shutter windows & doors & bring everything outside into your garage or house TODAY. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early & relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (health care worker, emergency worker, or first responder).
14. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies (canned food, lamp oil, hurricane mix and rum, etc.), get them TODAY. Shelves are already empty in some places. Stock up on foods that don’t need to be refrigerated or heated up: jerky, nut butters, hummus (yep!), bread, juice, fruits and veggies with peels, dried fruit, granola/trail mix, meal bars, cereal, muffins…and don’t forget bottled water!
15. Get propane or coal for your outdoor grills so you can still cook even if you are without electricity. Your gas stove won’t work without electricity too!! (There are electrical components that shut down with a lack of power for safety reasons).
16. You can download the ReadyNC app for iPhones and Android phones. It has information like road conditions, power outages reported, areas that are being evacuated, and where open shelters are near you.
May Allah (swt) keep everyone safe.