By Tia Cristy
Special Tips Edition
Major weather is hitting the east coast. Hurricane Sandy is making her presence known in all states east of the Mississippi. I know you’re getting flooded (literately) from the news stations, with tips to stay safe, but here are a few safety tips you should use when facing a major weather crisis no matter where you are in the world.
If it’s a mandatory evacuation, do it. You can only protect your stuff to a certain point. Make sure in the car you have packed all your necessities you will need for at least a week. You never know if you’ll need them or not, but it’s best to have more than less.
Take a roll of toilet paper and paper towels to keep in the car, you never know when you’ll need them.
Bring food. It may take hours to get where you are going and stopping for a bite to eat may not be an option.
Bring games, easy ones of course. If you have kids, make sure you have games for them and for you as well.
Remember, frustrations can get high in evacuation settings, so be sure to instruct the kids on keeping noise levels down and refrain from arguing, as well as assuring them that there is presently no danger. You don’t want them to panic silently if they see you’re chafed.
If you don’t have to leave; I’m sure you’ve heard all the important things needed to keep close and dry. Like flashlights, batteries, radio, insurance papers (keep in a large freezer bag) and bottled water.
Here are a few more tips the news hasn’t mentioned and you may not have thought of; keep lighters in a location where they will stay dry and are easy to find, but also get books of matches. This is good to have in case the lighters get wet or lose fluid. Dip the match head and strike strip in hot wax. (Blow out the candle before dipping the book of matches, you don’t want it to ignite the matches by accident.) This will waterproof the matches.
Next tip, fill the bathtub with water. This is good if for any reason the water in source becomes contaminated or you need power for your water supply. This water can be used to flush toilets, clean clothes, wash dishes etc. Keep a small bucket next to the tub to transport water to another area to do such things, keep the tub water clean for as long as you can.
And last but probably important, while still with power, keep your cell phone on the charge. You don’t want to lose power and have less than half battery life in the middle of the storm.
Stay safe and may Sandy not leave behind too much of a mess for all those she comes to visit.
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By Tia Cristy