As Hurricane Irene nears the East Coast of the United States, many coastal towns and cities have issued warnings and evacuation alerts. Following are a few common sense tips that may be of use during such a situation:
1. If you don’t keep a supply of cash around your house for emergencies, you should definitely consider it. If not, take a trip to your bank or ATM and take out a few hundred dollars in cash or enough to last for a few days. If there are widespread power outages this weekend you may not be able to access cash.
2. Make sure that you have basic emergency supplies like first aid supplies, bottled water, batteries, a battery powered radio and flash lights.
3. Assemble a bag with clothes and your important documents like passports and social security cards so that you can be ready to grab the bag and take off at a moment’s notice. For future planning, copies of these documents and other documents like wills and deeds should be kept in a safe place somewhere outside the home like a safe deposit box at a bank.
4. You should always have a supply of non-perishable food items like soup, crackers, protein bars and peanut butter that won’t spoil right away and can be be easily prepared without a working stove in case you are not able to get to a grocery store for a couple of days and your home is without power. A cooler and bags of ice would also be a good idea.
5. Consider where you would go if you were forced to evacuate your home and make arrangements just in case. All of your family members should know where this is and how to get there in case you are not together when the evacuation occurs.
6. If you drive, make sure that your car is full of gas. If there is an evacuation order there will be a run on gas stations and you may not be able to purchase gas.
I hope this helps and I hope that everyone has a safe and happy weekend.