Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011
Red Cross Urges Those in the Possible Path of Hurricane Irene to "Get Ready Now"http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.1a019a978f421296e81ec89e43181aa0/?vgnextoid=72db9d31a82f1310VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD
Before the hurricane:
Check your emergency supplies and replace or restock as needed.
Your disaster kit should contain items such as gallons of water, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food and sanitation and personal hygiene items.
More information about what you should include is available on the Red Cross web site.
Create an evacuation plan with members of your household and practice it to cut down on any confusion.
Plan routes to your community’s shelters, register family members with special needs as required.
Make plans for your pets.
If a hurricane is predicted for your area:
Bring items inside that can be picked up by the wind.
Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.
Turn off any propane tanks and unplug your small appliances.
Fill your vehicle’s gas tank.
Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have hurricane shutters, close and board up your windows and doors with plywood.
Listen to local authorities and evacuate if advised to do so. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
After a hurricane:
Return home only when officials say it is safe.
Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them to the power company.
Stay out of any building that has water around it.
Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you’re sure it’s not contaminated.
Keep your animals under your direct control
To learn more about how to remain safe should Hurricane Irene become a threat, visit www.redcross.org.
Here is the Red Cross Prepareness PDF
Here is some more info on what to do.