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Are You Prepared? What To Do During And After The Storm.


by Andrew Ciccone September 14, 2017

Hurricanes and tornados are some of the most devastating, and costly, natural disasters known to man. Prepare before a natural disaster occurs.  Be ready. Protect your property and keep your family safe and secure.

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. You may not be together with your family when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you be able to get out or be confined to your home.

In an event of a disaster make sure you have prepared a 72 hour survival kit. Ensure your kit is located where it can be easily retrieved when the storm hits.

72 HOUR SURVIVAL KIT 

  • Portable Water Filtration Bottle / Jerrycan
  • First Aid Kit (ointments, gauze pads, assortment of bandages, cold/hot packs, scissors, and tweezers)
  • Basic tools (wrench, pliers, shovel, hatchet or ax, pocket knife, etc.)
  • Rope and duct tape
  • Whistle with neck cord
  • Cell phone charger
  • Hand operated or crank radio with spare batteries
  • Pen and paper
  • Flashlights / kerosene lamps (extra batteries)
  • Long burning candles
  • Flares
  • Lighters, windproof / waterproof matches
  • Wool-blended blanket and reflective blanket (reflects radiated body heat back to you).
  • Hand Warmer (packets)
  • Portable emergency heat (such as a portable propane heater)
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pads, air mattress.
  • Extra Clothing (long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
  • Undergarments
  • Non-perishable food
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Personal & legal documents (insurance, passport, birth certificate, will, etc.)
  • Extra cash (include small bill and quarters for phone calls), phone cards and credit cards
  • Index card with emergency contacts, American Red Cross
  • Protective weapon (if available)

If you are stuck at home, here are the essentials you’ll need when the storm hits:

Food & Water

  • Canned meats, fish, and beans (that don’t require a can-opener).
  • Canned juice.
  • Trail mix, dried fruit.
  • Cereals, biscuits, protein or granola bars.
  • Water (3 gallons per person). Invest in a Gravity Fed Water Purifier - where you can get water from any source - pools - lakes - rivers ponds.

Medicine & Personal Hygiene

  • Toiletries (toilet papers, moist towelettes or baby wipes, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (sanitizers, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc.)
  • 3-day stock of prescription medicine

 

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WHAT TO DO DURING A SEVERE LIFE THREATENING STORM?

First, evacuate if you are directed to do so.  If you believe it is not safe to remain in your home, plan your exit in advance. If you stay in your home during the storm, follow these tips to stay safe during the storm:

  • Monitor the storm updates and official advisories with a portable radio.
  • Stay inside. Board up or keep clear of all windows, skylights and glass doors. Go to a safe area that is structurally secure such as an interior room or downstairs bathroom.
  • Do not venture outside the protection of your home or shelter until there is an all clear confirmation that the storm has passed. The storm may lull temporarily and then increase in intensity suddenly.
  • If power is lost, keep the refrigerator closed to delay spoilage of perishable food.
  • Invest in a portable generator. Generators must be properly grounded to prevent electrical shock and should never be operated indoors, in garages, basements or outdoors near any windows, doors or vents.

WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM?

Upon confirmation by authorities that the storm has passed and that it is safe to go outdoors. Begin to assess any damage to your property. Follow these tips after the storm is over:

  • If you were evacuated, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines. Never touch anything in contact with power lines, including water or water puddles that may be near the downed power lines.
  • Protect your property from further damage.  Boarding up broken windows to help deter vandalism or additional weather damage.
  • Check for any gas lines that may have been damaged or broken during the storm. If a gas leak is suspected, do not stay in your home. Contact utility company immediately and find alternative shelter until the all clear is provided.
  • Be extra cautious. Broken glass, sharp sticks and unidentifiable debris may fall or are hidden under debris or underwater.
  • Keep accurate records of your expenses and save bills and receipts from your repairs and any other expenses. (Avoid making permanent repairs until your Claim professional has reviewed the damage.)
  • Create a list of any damaged contents, including a description of the item, name of the manufacturer, brand name, age, as well as the place and date of purchase, if known. Include photographs, videotapes or personal property inventories you may already have available.
  • If you think your home might be unsafe due to storm damage, contact your insurance company to discuss finding temporary accommodations.

 




    Andrew Ciccone
    Andrew Ciccone

    Author

    Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.



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