Family Emergency Preparedness

hurricane IreneI live on the East Coast and this week has been our week for natural disasters. Earlier this week, there was a rare earthquake. I didn’t feel it but I know some friends and family who did.

The earthquake was  relatively mild in our area, but farther north in the DC area, there was some damage.

Although we don’t expect earthquakes in our area, we do expect hurricanes. And low and behold, it’s hurricane season.

In fact later today we will be hit, if it doesn’t change it’s course, by a major category 3 hurricane called Irene. I’m hoping it will just move further to the east and go out to sea but if that doesn’t happen, we need to be prepared.

Oh, and if you don’t hear from me much over the next week, it’s not because I don’t love you. It will probably be because we don’t have power!

Pray for all of East Coasters! We are going to need it.

The following tips will be what we did (or should have done) for this hurricane but they can apply to any disaster.

  • Get your disaster kit prepared before you think you will need it. In fact, you should have it ready at the very beginning of hurricane season to avoid the rush to get supplies at the last minute. Here’s what you need to have:
  • Plan on 1 gallon of water for each person in your household. That’s one gallon per person, per day. And don’t forget your pets.
  • I save a lot of large soda and juice bottles and fill those 3/4 full of water. Then I store them in the freezer. If we loose power, the frozen bottles will keep the freezer cold longer and in a pinch, we can drink them.
  • Get a large plastic Rubbermaid type container with a lid and fill it with food. Good things to put in there are things like crackers, peanut butter, little sausages, honey, canned foods like soup, veggies, tuna, and fruit. Put in some silverware, cups and plates, enough so each person has there own place setting. Also put in a lighter, paper towels, and a can opener. And don’t forget food for your pets. Put 2 bowls in there for them too, one for food, one for water.
  • I got a gallon sized plastic bag that I will keep in this plastic box. In it, I put in our insurance info (health, house and car), our ID cards and debit/credit cards.
  • If you can get a wind up type radio, do so.
  • A first aid kit along with any prescription medications your family takes on a regular basis. Also put in a bottle of  pain relievers such as Ibuprofen.
  • Flashlights, one for each family member. They have the flashlights out now that don’t need batteries. You just shake them. if you can find these, get them.
  • Batteries in different sizes.
  • Gas up your car and keep a 5 gallon gas container filled with gas nearby.
  • A tent large enough for your family and a sleeping bag for  each family member.
  • A tool kit.
  • A few changes of clothes packed in a plastic box with tight fitting lid. Also add a bath towel for each person.
  • Take pictures or video of your home, inside and out and your cars. You may need these later for insurance purposes.
  • Hand Sanitizer, and toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo, toilet paper and a hairbrush.

I hope you never go through  natural disaster but it’s smart to be prepared, just in case.



2 thoughts on “Family Emergency Preparedness

  1. Cathy I have been wearing my prayer bench out for all of you. Please let me know as soon as you can if your okay after Irene goes through.
    I wish she would just go on out in the ocean but I guess thats not happening.
    So glad to read how prepared you are and for sharing it with all of us.
    Stay safe honey and God Bless You

  2. Thanks Maggie! I’m not quite as prepared as the list above (no sleeping bags or tent) but I did do most of it.
    Fortunately it looks like old Irene is loosing some steam so it won’t be as scary as originally thought.

    Your prayers must be working!

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