Be Prepared For An Emergency

Be Prepared For An Emergency

   As I write this, news channels are full of reports about yet another major hurricane bearing down on part of the United States.  So, it seemed like a good time to post something about what you need to do in case of a natural disaster.

   In Philadelphia we are fortunate that we are pretty much spared major disasters.  It is highly unlikely that we will ever see boats going back and forth on Broad Street.  This does not mean that we are immune from severe storms, hurricanes and severe blizzards, but the chances of needing to do a massive evacuation are pretty small.  Still, it never hurts to be prepared for something to happen.

   The biggest issue that happens here is the loss of electrical power.  After Sandy hit, I was without power for almost a week.  This meant that I could not cook as my stove is electric, no lights, no charging capability for anything, and no refrigerator.  I was fortunate that I have a gas hot water heater and you really start to appreciate a good hot shower!

   This time of year I take stock of what I have on hand in case of a heavy storm.  I make sure that I have batteries for several LED lanterns, check to see if I need to get some small gas cylinders for the camp stove.  It is always a good idea to have some food items that can be kept in storage, canned goods that are ready to eat are good to keep around.  A battery operated radio is a good thing to have, there are also radio apps that you can get on your cell phone.  Think about how you will charge your cell phone, I used my car for a day or so untill things opened back up.  You can install an emergency generator for power if you want, but that is really up to you.  A big cooler with frozen ice packs is a good way to keep frozen food and other perishables safe for a few days.

   If you have to evacuate, make sure to take your important papers with you, It is very hard to replace official documents if they are lost.  Take copies of leases, deeds, insurance papers, ID's and anything else you think is important.  Remember to take medications and take enough to last for several days if not longer.  If you have pets, take proper carriers, crates and leashes, remember to bring food and water for them.  Remember that this is as traumatic for them as it is for you.   if you are able, turn off electricity and gas before leaving.  Bring cash with you, ATM's may not work and places may not accept credit cards 

 This is a very detailed website and it is well worth a read.  .https://www.fema.gov/Media-library-data/20130726-1549-20490-2111/basic_preparedness.pdf


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