- Posted October 28, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories
Ready for Sandy? Always Be Ready.
#1 If your area loses power often, do not wait for storms to have basic supplies.
#2 Be practical! Think ahead! You can blow the family budget if you have too many panic purchases. Fill your bathtubs - no need to run out every time to buy water! Collect some glass jugs and bottles. Easy to clean, save a few plastic bottles or jugs if you live a low lying area that floods regularly. PBJ & CANNED FOODS. Remember to have a manual can opener available. Propane grills usually have a burner to heat food. Use it! Stress practicality!
#3 Charge your cell phones BEFORE the storm! If you lose power they will provide information to you and your neighbors.
#4 Meet with neighbors at least 4 times a year. Start an area yahoo groups or Facebook page. Post important information only - NO advertising for businesses! The yahoo group or Facebook page need not only be for emergencies; post road closures, school schedules, community events, ask each other questions concerning traffic (speeding, lights, detours) and building in your area. If you spend any time online (most people do) it won't take long to be active. We are all so involved online, you do not have to be FRIENDS with your neighbors. Cordial, courteous charitable, considerate. You will discover amazing similarities we all have with each other even if those same people have varying views on life - a fact most discover in emergencies.
#5 Emergency radios that have hand cranks to power them, saves on batteries! Also some MP3 players, alarm clocks, flashlight, NOAA weather frequencies, some even have chargers for cell phones and solar panels! They can sit for a long time. But if you never lost power and suddenly do, you will be very happy to have it. Use the radio on occasion.
Go forward- Be helpful-Try not to panic