While millions are waiting for Hurricane Sandy to slam into New Jersey and New York, the rest of us are left wondering what is in store next. The National Weather Center predicts winds from 85 mph to as high as 175 in the storm’s center. Hurricane Sandy is not only bringing disastrous effects to New York and New Jersey but also to West Virginia. West Virginia braces itself for a possible blizzard due to a collision of a warm and cold front. The states in between are left clueless what this means to them. Thousands will be out of power, heat, and other basic needs. Business will be closed and transportation will be nearly impossible for the cities affected by this tragedy. Towns have been evacuated and others have been warned to brace for the worse.
Saturday evening, Canada experienced a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, a 6.4 magnitude aftershock, which hit near the Queen Charlotte Islands sent shockwaves along the western part of the United States. Even though, no apparent damage was reported, it triggered a tsunami warning and an evacuation of residents from parts of British Columbia, southern Alaska, and Hawaii. The tsunami was later downgraded to an advisory and extended the warning to the northern part of California and Southern Oregon. Thankfully, the earthquake and the angry waves did not cause tragic damages.
With horrific weather from the west and the east, what does that mean for Ohio, which is safely tucked in the armpit of America? It means high winds, rain and cooler weather. It could mean possible power outage, structure damage to homes and business due to fallen trees and power lines. It means high gas prices, possible shortage in gas, water, ice, food. The worst part of the storm is to hit our area Tuesday and Wednesday. Prepare your family for these possibilities. Here is a check list to help ensure your family’s safety during these troubled times:
*Have a weeks’ worth or more of water
*stock pile food
*Have cash on hand
* Have flashlights, batteries or candles (use candles with caution)
*Have a heating source; fireplace, gas heaters
*Have the generator handy
* Find coolers to ensure food does not spoil
*Fill up cars with gas in case of shortages
* Charge all cell phones and computers in case power is lost
* Have a battery operated radio to receive emergency notices
* Make sure to have chainsaws, tarps, boards, nails, and other tool and material to secure your home should it be damaged from falling trees or power lines.
* Be prepared to secure your home.
Consider this a warm-up in disaster planning for December. Also, please remember to help others that are in need; neighbors, friends, or others. During a time of chaos, please remember to be patient with others.