Much of the East Coast has already started to feel the effects of hurricane Sandy but for those of you that are still bracing (or haven’t planned ahead) here are a few tips to help get you prepared.
Know where your shelter options are; knowing ahead of time exactly where they are on a map and planning alternative routes to get there (in case roads are blocked) will help expedite your emergency plan.
Stock up on foods that require no electricity to cook, such as crackers, fruits, healthy snacks (granola bars, trail mix) and comfort foods to get you through snack times, as well as canned soups or stews and preserved meats like jerky, which are high in protein. Soups and stews are great because, even if your power is out, you can still heat them on your grill. Don’t forget about your pet too! Make sure if you are going to a shelter you bring enough food for them, too.
Keep extra water and other liquids on hand to keep you hydrated throughout the duration of the hurricane and after. One person should consume a gallon of water per day so stock up with plenty of water! Since electricity is likely to remain off after the storm, make sure you have enough water and food to get you through an extended period of time.
Locate your flashlights and lanterns before the storm and stock up on plenty of extra batteries. Gather all the flashlights in your house and put them in one easily accessible location before the power goes out so you aren’t searching for them in the dark. Test their battery power and replace if necessary.
If you have children or babies with you, make sure to have extra food they can eat (especially formula) and games to keep them entertained. It is always a good idea to have extra cash on hand and full tanks of gas in your cars, too. You won’t be the only one without electricity and crews won’t be able to fix the problems until after the storm passes for their safety, so don’t find yourself in an unpleasant situation if you can prevent it