Saturday, August 27, 2011

How to Prepare for Hurricane Irene: Things You Must Have Now

As Hurricane Irene Heads up the Eastern Seaboard, you want to make sure that you and your family are prepared for the worst.  A large number of communities are expected to be hit by heavy wind and rain, so here are a few things that National Grid recommends you have in order to prepare:

  • Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

You might also want to include:
  • Prescription medications and glasses

  • Infant formula and diapers

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

  • Fire Extinguisher

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towel

  • Paper and pencil

  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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