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Yankee Gardener's Emergency Storm Preparedness Tips

- Emergency Storm Preparedness Tips -

Before the Storm | As the Storm Approaches | During the Storm | After the Storm

Emergency Preparedness Tips

Storm Lighning

As the Storm Approaches

Hurricane Watch | Hurricane Warning | Evacuation - Shelter | Emergency Car Kit

Emergency Preparedness Tips   During a Hurricane Watch:

Know what hurricane WATCH means.

Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours.

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
  • Check emergency home supplies. Check chain saw and spare supplies.
  • Fuel your car or truck. Fill up the lawn mower spare fuel tank. Fill up the spare BBQ grill tank.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside radio and CB antennas.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
  • Disconnect power to television antennas and lower or remove them.
  • Review family evacuation plan with everyone present.
  • Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.

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Emergency Preparedness Tips   During a Hurricane Warning:

Know what hurricane WARNING means.

Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours.

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.
  • If in a mobile home, check tiedowns and evacuate immediately.
  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
  • Tape (cross fashion 'x') or cover large windows.
  • Shelter and secure pets and animals.
  • If you must go out, avoid using elevators.
  • If outdoors find emergency shelter (not under a tree).
  • If driving, stop clear of trees, power lines or streams (Flash flooding).

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Emergency Preparedness Tips   If you must evacuate:

  • Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.
  • Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.
  • If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.
  • Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.
  • Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
  • Quiet games, books, cards and favorite toys for children.
  • Precious commodities before and after a storm: power, banks may be closed, credit cards unaccepted, and ATMs may not work).
  • Lock up home and leave.

Emergency Preparedness Tips   Should you go to a shelter...?

If you or your family have health problems, or if you live in a low, inaccessible, or particularly exposed area, or in a mobile home, you should plan on going to a refuge shelter as soon as you hear that the one near you is open. Bring a non-perishable food and drink supply along with a blanket, pillow, medicines, flashlight, extra clothing, etc. Intoxicants and pets are not permitted in a refuge shelter. If transportation is required call your local emergency or disaster headquarters. (Listen to your radio or watch television for shelter openings)

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Emergency Preparedness Tips   Prepare an emergency kit for your car:

Have emergency disaster supplies on hand. Stock up today and store in a water-resistant container. Replenish as necessary, especially at the beginning of hurricane or storm season.

  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries and spare bulb.
  • Blanket, Booster cables, Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
  • First Aid Kit and manual, rubber gloves.
  • Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods, such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.
  • Current Road Maps - Any Major Construction Projects in your Area...???
  • Two (2) spare quarts motor oil, along with brake and steering fluid.
  • Instant tire sealer and a roll of Electrical tape.
  • Tire repair kit and tire air pump. Check your spare tire.
  • Emergency Flares and a roll of toilet paper.
  • Shovel - Regular or Folding.
  • Tow Strap and/or Rope.

Source: Various Emergency Management Agencies

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