Monday, 19 of February of 2018

Here comes Earl…

So, you’ve probably been in one of 2 major schools of thought regarding the latest hurricane that has been all over the news and weather stations for days now. You’ve either consistently been in the group of people thinking that the flood is coming, and you’ve already gone shopping for a month’s supply of food and water, just in case. Or maybe you’ve been part of the group of people that were convinced that the storm is a bunch of hype and have had better things to do than to worry about buying flashlights and other supplies.

Either way, the time has come and Earl is here. How big he will be depends on where you live, and is still somewhat up in the air, although as the day goes on, some Northeast regions are preparing for a disaster. North Carolina has already been hit hard, while Rhode Island has declared a State of Emergency, and many vacationers in the southern most parts of Cape Cod have headed home early due to the coming storm.

Wondering what to do if Earl comes your way? In a hurricane, you can never be too prepared. Of course, we always hope the weather person is wrong, or at least that they are a little off in their predictions, and that the storm won’t be as bad as they say after all. To be on the safe side, FEMA provides a list of suggestions for what to do to prepare for the worst. Most of these precautions are common sense, but sometimes we forget the most obvious things we should do to prepare for a storm.

Stock up on batteries. Now, to clarify, you probably don’t need to buy hundreds of batteries in anticipation of the end of electricity for decades to come. Just get the basics so you can listen to a battery operated radio in the event that the power goes out, which is likely in any storm.

If instructed to do so, turn off utilities, and keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible, and avoid using the phone, except for in serious emergencies. Again, these sound like simple precautions, but think about it. When the power goes out, it doesn’t take long before we start getting bored, which is usually when we start to miss our televisions and computers, and so we automatically jump to the next best thing – our cell phones. When we have nothing else to do, it is sometimes hard to resist the urge to call everyone you know, or to open the fridge looking for something to eat every 5 minutes even though you aren’t even hungry…

And, while you may not necessarily need to buy out the supermarket’s entire water supply, you will want to make sure you have an adequate supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Also, don’t forget to turn off any propane tanks, and turn off utilities if instructed to do so.

If you haven’t already, be sure to tie up your boat, and any other outdoor objects should be secured or brought indoors if possible. Shut all doors, windows and shutters and stay away from the windows and any unsecured objects in your home. And, this should go without saying, but travel should be avoided unless absolutely necessary during hurricane conditions. So if you tend to have spontaneous cravings for soda or candy or you just ran out of gum, you might want to take a trip to the convenience store sooner rather than later.

In summary, listen to the weatherman/woman, get some basic supplies, and most importantly, use your common sense.

Posted September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am by Lisa Edwards

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