From Green Right Now Reports
If you’re living in the path of Hurricane Irene, but this is the first major storm to threaten your neighborhood in years, you’ll need to take stock of your pantry, emergency kit and storm stockpiles.
It’s important to make those last excursions to the grocery store and gas station count. To be truly prepared, you’ll need to think beyond “bottled water” and make provisions for holding extra water for bathing, for example. (This would be a good time to put out a rainwater collection barrel.) You’ll have to make sure the family pooch has a stockpile of food, your prescriptions are filled and so is the car’s gas tank.
Here are check lists for your stay-home stockpile and for your evacuation kit, from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Vital provisions in case you are sheltering in your home.
- Two gallons of water per person per day; prepare for a minimum of three days
- Kitchen matches and large candles
- An additional flashlight (besides the one in your Go Bag)
- Another first aid kit (in addition to the one in your Go Bag)
- Duct tape and thick plastic to cover windows
- Extra pet food
- Extra dry foods such as energy bars, peanut butter and canned goods that don’t require heating; don’t forget a can opener
- Fill the bathtub and other large, plastic storage containers with water for bathing and to flush the toilet
- Refill prescriptions
- Fill the gas tank of your car in case you need to evacuate at a later date
- Be sure to have a radio and extra batteries on hand to hear updates on your situation
The “Go Bag” mentioned above should be packed and ready to ride with you, should you need to evacuate. Pack items in a lightweight suitcase or backpack, and include:
- Copies of your important documents (insurance cards, house deed, photo IDs, passport, bank information, physician contact information, family contact information) in a waterproof container
- Contact and meeting place information for your household, and a small regional map
- Cash ($50-$100, in small bills)
- An extra set of car and house keys
- Bottled water and non-perishable food such as energy or granola bars
- Cans of pet food and pet dishes
- A flashlight (traditional bulbs have limited lifespans; LED (light emitting diode flashlights last up to 10 times longer than traditional ones)
- Light-weight, waterproof blankets or plastic ponchos
- A first aid kit, with a list of the medications each member of your household takes, why they take them, and their dosages. Store extra medication in your Go Bag and to refill it before it expires.
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Child care supplies or other special care items as needed
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- A can opener
- Cell phone with chargers or solar charger
- A complete change of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
Source: NRDC’s Natural Disaster webpage.