You've seen the weather forecasts and read the news about Hurricane Earl, but are you ready for a hurricane? Lots of people go to the grocery store and load up on food and bottled water, but what else do you need if Earl decides to turn our way?
The following is a list of some of the ways to prepare for a hurricane, courtesy of the Ready Virginia emergency preparedness campaign and local utility companies. Even if Earl doesn't hit your area, hurricane season lasts through Nov. 30, so it's best to follow the Boy Scout motto and be prepared. For even more details, go to http://www.readyvirginia.gov.
Make sure you pack the following:
- Three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Can opener
- At least three gallons of water per person
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio, to listen to weather updates
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof container.
Family emergency plan
- Create a visual or written record of your possessions in case you need to claim losses with your insurance company.
- Have an out-of-town emergency contact, because after hurricanes it's often easier to place long-distance calls than local ones. That way, your extended family can know where you are and how you are weathering the storm.
- Most emergency shelters will not accept pets, so have a plan for your pets in the event you need to evacuate.
- If you're not evacuating, bring pets indoors.
- If the power goes out, turn off and unplug major appliances.
- Stay away from fallen wires.
- Never operate generators in an enclosed area. Plug the generator into an extension cord.
- Customers who smell a natural gas odor should not use any devices that could cause a spark and should immediately leave the house.
Compiled by Joe LawlorCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun