Even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a below normal hurricane season, summer storm systems (like Invest 91-L) still pose a hurricane-like risk of damaging winds and lots of rain.
With soils at saturation in many parts of the country, the risk for flash flooding is even greater. Current predictions show Invest 91-L may track through rain-sodden Texas and then may turn east, possibly heading through Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic States, or even through New York State into New England.
It’s important for your family to be ready during summer storms, especially if you live in an area known to have a history of flooding. One of the most important things you can do is to assemble a basic emergency supply kit for your family for sheltering in place.
While there’s lots of info on the web about what to put in it, all of the top emergency authorities — US coast Guard, FEMA, RedCross, and the CDC —all agree on packing these five products first:
Have at least 5 gallons of water per person, as this should last for three to five days. These containers should be seal-able, such as a plain water cooler bottle or a camping jug. Always make sure your drinking water is safe and sanitize your containers before using them to store safe water. DO NOT DRINK water that has an unusual odor or color, or that you know or suspect might be contaminated with fuel or toxic chemicals.
You’ll also need water for sanitation and dish-washing. Fill several 5-gallon plastic buckets and your bathtub. Remember to keep your eating utensils and hands clean.
You want enough nonperishable food for 3 to 7 days, including baby formula, a can opener, and eating utensils. If the power goes out, your refrigerator will keep food cold longer if the door is opened only when necessary. Don’t forget nonperishable foods for your pets.
3) Sanitation Products
This includes plastic trash bags, moist towelettes, and toilet paper. Keep garbage in closed containers and away from the living area such as in the garage or an unused room until you can properly dispose of them.
This should include household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper for making disinfectant. This kit can also include medications and personal hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, feminine products, and diapers).
5) Flashlight and Tools
If the power goes out, avoid using candles. Keep enough flashlights for each family member on hand. Also, pack a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, and a box of strike anywhere matches. Solar powered battery chargers are also really handy. Remember that you’ll also want a basic tool set at the ready containing at least a hammer, screw drivers, pliers, and utility knife.
No one wants to face an emergency from a storm or hurricane, but wouldn’t you rather be prepared just in case something happens? With these five items, you should be ready to hunker down for a few days if a hurricane visits your area.