Help Prepare Our Neighbors to the North!
As Floridians we know it is important to be prepared but our friends and families in the Northeast may not be as accustomed to the importance of storm preparation. Please share this information if you think it is appropriate.
People all along the eastern seaboard and areas inland who may be in the path of the storm should take safety steps like keeping up to date on Sandy’s progress, updating family emergency plans, and building or updating their household disaster kits. As the direction of the storm becomes more defined, people should prepare by taking the following steps if they are in Sandy’s path:
- Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If someone does not have hurricane shutters, they should close and board up their windows and doors with plywood.
- Fill their vehicle’s gas tank.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, like outdoor furniture.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep closed as much as possible so food will last longer if the power goes out.
The Red Cross also has videos available to help get prepared, including information on severe weather preparedness, how to get ready for winter weather and what to do when rip currents are an issue. Go to http://www.redcross.org for more info. Be safe. Be prepared.