Stormy WeatherWe’re five days into hurricane season and I’m proud to say that I haven’t panicked yet.
Last night I watched an informational program on disaster planning on the local government channel that provided some very interesting information. It was companion to a book from FEMA called “Are you Ready?
It answered some questions, yet overlooked others.
I now know I need to acquire my own blue roof tarp—I hate to think about buying one (they’re not cheap) but I hate to think about needing one and not having it, too. I learned how to sanitize soda and milk bottles for use as water containers and that a moderately active person needs one-half a gallon of water each day for drinking. Plan on putting one gallon per person per day in your disaster preparedness kit. Non-perishable food? Got it. Two extra weeks of medications? Try getting that out of your insurance company. Got a pet? Better pack for them, too. In past years I’ve never worried about myself as much as I worried about the cats. This year I’m getting Max a harness and leash (he’s eighteen and never had either) just in case we need to go to a pet-friendly shelter.
The two things I always wonder about, that no one ever discusses, is what to do with the worn out batteries (you’re not supposed to send them to the landfill, but what the heck else are you supposed to do with them???)
The other is the matter of the loo. If the electricity goes out and your friendly local lift station goes off line, your toilet won’t flush. They never talk about that! Or is that what the other half gallon of water is for? Is that what they meant when they talked about being prepared to bury your garbage? Ick!
The 2006 forecast calls for: 17 named tropical storms; an average season has 9.6. ; 9 hurricanes compared to the average of 5.9. ; 5 major hurricanes with winds exceeding 110 mph; average is 2.3.
If you don’t live in a hurricane-prone area you can help your family by offering to be a telephone contact person. If family members are separated, they can call you, and you can assist them in getting back together. Or you can invite everyone to your house to ride out the storm. I’m sure they’d be happy to bring their disaster kits!