Here in the Carolinas many of us are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Hanna’s movements. Right now, it’s moving to the west at 2mph, but all the computer models predict it will turn to the north west over the next 24 hours, and start to move towards the south east coast. Landfall could be anywhere from Miami to the Outer Banks, but the center line takes it to somewhere around the Charleston area.
You’ve read this in lots of places, I’m sure, but it never hurts to read it again.
Getting a Survival kit together.
Get the following items together. Preferably put them into a large box or crate that you can transport to your vehicle easily and quickly. Check all the items every six months to make sure that they’re all still good, wholesome, and not expired.
The most important thing is probably fresh water. Minimum recommendation is one gallon person for a minimum of three days.
If you take any prescription drugs make sure you have at least a weeks worth on hand to take with you.
Toilet paper and soap. Nothing worse than being caught short without at least one roll!
Some food that is non-perishable, such as canned vegetables, fruit juice, spam, etc. Foodstuffs that have a long shelf life without refrigeration, and require no cooking are best. Remember to pack a can opener!
Work out a plan. Have an emergency contact – someone preferably out of the local area, that you can each call, if you get separated.
Make sure you know the evacuation routes from your area. A knowledge of CPR can be useful. Get a weather radio.
If you have a pet don’t forget to pack a survival kit for them too. Find out where you leave a pet safely if you can’t take them with you to a shelter.
Studies have shown that those folks that have a plan in place, are better able to weather the storm should it arrive.
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