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.

Check boxWater – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Check boxFood – 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

Check boxBlankets / Pillows, etc.

Check boxClothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

Check boxFirst Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Check boxSpecial Items – for babies and the elderly

Check boxToiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Check boxFlashlight / Batteries

Check boxRadio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Check boxTelephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

Check boxCash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

Check boxKeys

Check boxToys, Books and Games

Check boxImportant documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Check boxTools – keep a set with you during the storm

Check boxVehicle fuel tanks filled

Check boxPet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash

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