Recommendations for preparation are similar to any disaster preparedness. Understand the potential for the disaster. Even if the damage is less than predicted, you should always follow the recommendations of the local authorities. Here are some basics for those who need some help. Consider your self on your own for 72 to 96 hours.
Minimum water supply should be 100 ounces per day per person. Keep it accessible. If you purchase individual box type water, check for an expiration date. Consider domestic water supply as contaminated.
Food should be about 1200 calories per day per person. The best types of foods are those that you eat regularly. Understand that dehydrated foods and foods that you don't normally eat can cause digestive problems.
One of the biggest concerns should be illness. Washing your hands or having some type of cleaning supply will be extremely helpful.
Power willgo out. Who knows how long? Do not try to restore the power. Battery power is extremely helpful. Hand crank radios are the other option and work well in this situation. Do not use candles or open flame for light. Never use charcoal or open cooking devices inside.
Have some type of kit available. It does not have to be elaborate. The key is to prevent infection. Cover all wounds and control any bleeding with simple direct pressure. Aspirin, or Ibuprofen would be helpful. I you take prescribed medications, keep a supply for an emergency.
Creature comfort items are helpful if you have space for them. Lawn chair, cot, sleeping bag, space blanket, towel, toothbrush and other items. Your cell phone will probably not work. Don't count on it. Some times the hard wired phones will work. Have both just in case.
Preparation is the key. Many people wait until the last minute to make arrangements or acquire supplies. By preparing ahead, you prevent a lot of undue stress and waited time. Prioritize your activities. This will allow you to accomplish more under a time constraint. Have a duplicate set of important documents. This would include insurance information, family estate plans, medical information and family or friends to contact. The best thing to do is evacuate as directed by the authorities. Going to a safe place will not only be more comfortable, it may keep you from injury or save your life. Treat all disasters seriously. The experts know best even if the event is less than predicted.
Author: Rick Rezque
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