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Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Season has begun (as of June 1, 2016).
Are you really prepared?
 
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
 
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit [Available on the Red Cross Store]
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Duct Tape (optional, but extremely useful)
  • Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
  • Whistle
  • Matches or lighter
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
 
Tips and Tricks / Survival Techniques
Trick: If you do not have a can opener, turn the can upside down and rub it on concrete. There is a thin layer of aluminum on the ridge of a can. Rubbing it on concrete will allow you to remove the lid completely. WARNING: This will also leave the can with extremely sharp edges.
 
Tip: Opening a can, using the previous method, will give to a nice cutting instrument. Fold the lid in half to give you an instrument to cut items like small pieces of wood, meat, etc. Find a sturdy stick. Bend the folded lid to conform to the end of the stick and secure with duct tape. You now have a hunting knife for small game and fish.
 
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