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Are you prepared to meet Sandy? Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Julie Copeland

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Sandy is coming and it certainly wC  Documents and Settings ebresinger Desktop 26hurricane2 blog blog480 resized 600on't be a pleasure to meet her.  She raged through the Bahamas this morning after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean.  Sandy knocked out power, flooded roads and cut off islands in the Bahamas.

What is a hurricane:  A hurricane is a tropical storm with a violent wind of 74 miles per hour or more.  The eye of a storm is usually 20-30 miles wide and may extend over 400 miles.  The dangers of a storm include torrential rains, high winds and storm surges.  A hurricane can last for 2 weeks or more over open water and can run a path across the entire length of the Eastern Seaboard.

What to expect from Sandy?  Government forecasters on Thursday upped the odds of a major weather mess, now saying there’s a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday.  Meteorologists say it is likely to cause $1 billion in damages.  Sandy is a combination of Hurricane, an early winter storm in the West and a blast of arctic air from the North.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco is predicting that the hurricane part of the storm is likely to come ashore somewhere in New Jersey on Tuesday morning. He is sure that the storm will affect a far wider area and that people all along the East Coast need to be wary. Effects are expected to be felt from Florida to Maine.  James Franklin, the National Hurricane Center’s chief hurricane specialist believes that once the hurricane part of the storm hits – it will get broader but less intense. 

How can we prepare:  3 simple hurricane preparedness steps:

  1. Get a Kit (Arbill can help with this)
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Stay informed

 1.     A basic emergency supply kit should contain:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation;
  • At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food;
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with NOAA Weather Service;
  • Flashlight and extra batteries;
  • First aid kit
  • A whistle to signal for help;
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting;
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation;
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities;
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps;
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

 2.     Make a plan: 

  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan.  Plan routes to local shelters, register family members weith special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities.  Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Make sure that you have insurance coverage for floods.

3.     Stay Informed:

  • Staying alert to weather forecasts and alerts and taking a few simple precautions can make all the difference in protecting yourself.
  • For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready, please click here.

We hope that Sandy isn’t all she’s cracked up to be but hope that this Blog helps you if she is.  We wish you all a SAFE weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.

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