As The Post went to press, there was no indication of bad tropical weather on the horizon for the next five days but, even so, national weather experts say coastal residents should not let down their guard.
HURRICANES and other natural disasters strike without much warning, giving coastal residents little much time to evacuate and find shelter.
With hurricane season now one month old, there’s no reason to relax and leave yourself unprepared to ride out or flee a storm. Having a hurricane survival kit is a key component of your preparation.
The national oceanic and atmospheric administration has listed several items it recommends acquiring in advance of a crisis.
At a minimum, you should have:
• One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation purposes
• At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each person
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert, plus extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First-aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air, as well as plastic sheeting and duct tape for use when sheltering in place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, NOAA recommends adding the following items:
• Prescription medications and glasses
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Cash or travelers checks and change
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank-account records in a waterproof portable container – you can use the emergency financial first-aid kit developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help organize your information
• Emergency reference material such as a first-aid manual
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person – consider additional bedding in case cold weather sets in
• At least one complete change of clothing, including a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
• Regular household liquid chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper – bleach diluted with nine parts water to one part bleach can be used as a disinfectant and, in an emergency, you can treat water by using 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water (do not use scented or color-safe bleach or one with added cleaners)
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal-hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children