It’s a twister!
OK, it’s probably not a twister – well, I guess it can’t be… twisters are tornadoes, and we on the east coast expecting Hurricane Irene. I don’t have much faith in weather prediction, but there’s no reason to screw around. Here’s the Disaster Supply Kit as outlined by National Hurricane Center. Of course, the most important thing is water. As long as you have clean water, you can survive for a fairly long time, even without food. People tend to overlook their pets in these situations – check your pet food supplies and account for them in your water preparations!
As for me, I counsel you not to panic, no matter what anyone on TV says. Check your local government’s websites – if your area gets issued with an evacuation order, do it – if I have to see one more idiot standing on his roof shouting, “I ain’t leavin’!” at the National Guard troops trying to save him, I am going to snap! Otherwise, relax, stay home, and stay safe.
Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items – for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash