Long Islanders are bracing for the impact of a hurricane, tropical storm, and nor’easter to impact all at once today, October 29, hence the title “Frankenstorm”. Sitting and waiting for power to go out will be the major activity for most today. Mass transit, schools and businesses are shut down.
This will be a once in a lifetime storm for many as the winds and surf meet a full moon creating major flooding in areas that have never seen flood waters before.
Heed the warnings; it is prudent to be prepared.
The government has a website specifically geared towards helping people get prepared and live through a hurricane.
Prepare to stay put for a long time.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. Fill the freezer up with bags of water. Food should stay safe for a couple of days with no power.
- Have bottles of drinking water ready.
- Have enough needed prescriptions to last through a few weeks of time.
- Do not forget first aid needs; have a kit with bandages, splints and antibiotic ointment.
- Make sure that you are stocked with food that can be prepared without needed electricity. Tuna, cereal, dried vegetables will keep without electric. Canned soup can be eaten cold. Manual can openers are very important to have in preparation. Do not forget food for the pets.
- Have batteries ready to run radios and flashlights.
- Make sure all of the electronic devices such as computers and cell phones are charged to full capacity.
- Be prepared with candles and matches.
- Gas stoves can be lit manually with a match in order to cook.
- Fill bathtubs up with water in preparation in order to have water for tasks such as flushing toilets.
Have an emergency kit ready to go for evacuation.
- Have important documents, papers and medicines in a water tight box or bag ready. Passports, birth certificates, banking documents and any homeowner and insurance information will be necessary to have in an emergency.
- Make sure that you have extra cash on hand if it is necessary to leave the home.
- Pack suitcases in preparation of a quick escape.
- Have pet carriers, leashes and food ready for the pet members of the family to leave in a hurry.
Keep a list of important contacts.
If the phones do work make sure that everyone on the household has a list of family and friends to be contacted along with the local police, fire departments and hospitals. You will also want to have the information for the local utilities and the insurance companies.
Have a safe place for everyone to meet.
When disaster strikes people can get separated. Decide on a safe location where it will be easy for family and friends to meet; perhaps a local school or hospital.
Stay calm and informed. Make sure that everyone is safe and secure. Get the board games and puzzles out and turn the storm days into family activity days. This is the perfect time for families and friends to reconnect in an old fashioned way, before texting became the norm.
Be prepared and never be afraid to dance!
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