Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

Preparing For Hurricane Matthew

With hurricane Matthew already affecting the caribbean, people who live along East coastline of the US must prepare as the storm grows near. According to the National Hurricane Center, being ready for a big storm consists of advance preparation and being able to act when alerted by emergency officials.

Below are some tips to help you be prepared for what’s coming.

  1. Check your supplies – Have bottled water and non-perishable foods on hand in case the electricity goes out.
  2. Keep ice handy – If the electricity goes out for a long time, place all perishable foods in the freezer to keep them cool for as long as possible while power is out. Keep ice coolers handy to keep small items such as bottled water cold.
  3. Have cash available – ATMs stop working if they have no power, so go to one well before the storm hits and take out cash for when the storm clears as some businesses will only accept cash.
  4. Keep your phones charged – In addition to keeping your phones charged you may want to buy portable battery packs to keep your devices powered, the electricity may take a while to come back after the storm clears.
  5. Check all flashlights – Check all flashlights in the household and stockpile batteries to keep them powered. You may also want to keep a battery powered radio handy to check news alerts for your area.
  6. Prep a bag in case you must evacuate – Have a packed bag prepped in case of evacuation. Pack items such as cash, medications, important documents, keys, and wallets.
  7. Unplug electronics – Wet electronics could cause fires. Unplug all electronics and place them in bags to keep them from getting wet. You may also want to place them somewhere high in your home in case there is flooding.
  8. Check generators – If you have a generator make sure there’s fresh fuel inside. If the generator has been fueled but idle for over a month, the stagnant fuel could damage the generator when you need it most!

Sources:

  1. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/hurricane-matthew-roars-ashore-haiti-u-s-evacuations-feared-n659106
  2. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

 

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