From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center/DivinelyOrganized
How to Prepare For An Impending Weather Emergency
Once again, it’s that time of year. The time of year when we, here on the east coast, are faced with hurricane season. And while other areas may not have to worry about hurricanes, they may face, tornados, or earthquakes or wildfires, or like poor Hawaii who is now going through the horrible volcano. A Weather Emergency can be unpredictable and it seems that all areas of the world have some sort of scary weather to prepare for. And because of that, I share this article annually. I think it is apropos.
I hope this post will help someone prepare and be prepared just in case the weather should turn toopsy turvy.
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We are about to enter hurricane season here on the east coast. he formal beginning of hurricane season is June 1 and the weather has shown up and showed out this year for sure. Last year I posted an article on how to get yourself and your family organized for an impending disaster. Because we are in the midst of an active hurricane season, I thought now would be a great time to re-share this article and focus on a weather emergency. Please, please, I cannot stress enough how important this information is and what makes this article even better, there are no worries for you because I have pulled a lot of information together for you. Please read, heed and stay safe.
Hurricanes are especially frightening, however, if you are in an area where forest fires are prevalent or mudslides or tornados, this information is for you as well. There is nothing better than knowing you are prepared.
I decided to get my home and my family in order to survive a minor and/or major disaster. I began by reevaluating our choice not to purchase flood insurance. After all, we live inland and a flood could never happen to us…right? Wrong! We were under the threat and warning of severe flash flooding and flooding in general so I promised God that if He saw me through this one without damage, I would certainly begin the process of researching flood insurance. Note: My research has indicated that flood insurance is majorly expensive. We did the not so smart thing and put it off for another year – full disclosure. But we have to bite the bullet and get flood insurance. It keeps me up at night this time of year. That was all I could do about that one, but there were other things I could do (I have researched it and it is so very expensive. I have to admit, we have not purchased it…yet! But nowadays it doesn’t seem to matter if you are inland, you still need flood insurance. We are still considering.
- First off I pulled the following from my files (luckily my files were in order so this was pretty easy. I just pulled entire folders)
- Once pulled, I placed the following documents into a zip lock bag and put them in a backpack to be accessible just in case we had to leave suddenly
- marriage license
- birth certificates
- home insurance papers
- information to contact my home insurer
- photo IDs (in our wallets)
- credit & debit cards (in our wallets)
- dual sets of house and car keys (we each had one and there was one extra set)
I also pulled together the medication that hubs and I take daily which weren’t many, but I wanted to have them none the less. I made sure I had extra asthma medication for me. I also packed pain relievers and ibuprofen, just in case of a fever.
- I placed the medication in a zip lock bag as well and placed them near the backpack
- I maintain a spreadsheet with the medications and supplements we both take, the dosage, the doctor who prescribed them and the reason they were prescribed. I printed a copy of this document and placed it in the zip lock bag with the medication. I was mindful of hurricane Katrina victims when I did this because many of them were never able to return home and had to begin new lives in other states after the disaster and God forbid, If that happened to us, at least we would have our medical requirements with us.
- Inside the backpack I placed:
- shower gel
- travel size Listerine x 2 (can also be used as an antiseptic)
Next, just in case we were able to stay put but were without power I did a pantry and cabinet sweep checking for the following:
- canned tuna
- canned vegetables
- canned soups (we could heat on the grill on the deck)
- cereal (can eat dry if necessary)
- three cases of bottled water (a case for each of us and one to share with someone in the neighborhood who perhaps was not as prepared and our dog Rome)
- dog food
- gas for the grill, just in case we were home but without electricity, we could still cook and eat a hot meal.
- Next, I checked for the practical items such as:
flashlights and trade up to LED ones. That sounds good and we will soon.
- the next item was a battery-operated radio or TV. We did not have a battery operated TV, but we did have an old fashioned boom box in the closet so I pulled it down and added batteries to it. It was working just fine.
- I also added the weather app and our local news apps to our phones and tablets (they can be charged in the car if necessary)
- made sure we each had a car and house charger for our cell phones and tablets
- laptop bag with electronics
- Every place I checked suggested a first-aid kit and although I had my first aid “stuff” all in one easy to grab and go basket; it was not travel-friendly. So I packed the important stuff into yet another zip lock bag (you can pick up travel-size items at most drug stores, Walmart and even the dollar stores). I included:
- antibacterial cream
- anti-itch cream
- aspirin & Aleve (my personal favorite)
- I added protein bars & mini bags of nuts and almonds
Finally, because I wear jeans because they are cute and not because they are comfortable, I packed sweats both lightweight and heavy for both hubs and me and several pairs of undergarments and socks for us both as well.
I ended up with two backpacks, but that was okay. Hopefully, if we had to leave, we could take our vehicles, which is where I left an additional case of water.
I am sure you all know this, but I will say it anyway, fill all vehicles with gas and be sure to get some money from the ATM when you hear of a storm coming. It is a good idea to keep some cash in a special place or in your survival kit at all times. Just in case there isn’t much notice.We both try to keep our vehicles filled with gas and if you hear of an impending storm, please remember to hit the ATM just in case so you will have cash on hand if you have to move quickly. I also picked up a couple of inexpensive blankets and pillows and I will place them in both vehicles.
We haven’t done this yet, but we will. Make sure everyone in the family knows where to meet if you are separated and have to leave in a hurry. In my case, my daughter and grandchildren live 20 minutes from me but if something happens suddenly, we need to know where to meet if we can’t get to each other. And finally, make sure all devices are charged fully. Cell phones, iPads, etc. It would not be a bad idea to have backup batteries or at least portable chargers.
It feels good to be organized and ready if a disaster is predicted. I suggest you take the time to get your family organized as well because we never know when an emergency or disaster can happen. We live in very uncertain times and it behooves us to be prepared.
Note: If you have pets, please prepare for them as well. Make sure they have their collar on and/or is micro-chipped. The collar tags should have the following information:
- Pet’s name & age
- Owner’s name and a way to reach you (preferable cell phone number)
- When packing your food and supplies, be sure to have enough food for your furry friend as well and enough water to share with them
- If you have a pampered pet, be sure to include a sweater and any medications or vitamins they may be taking
- Pace a lot of patience because they are going to be terrified
Each time I post this article, I try to add more helpful information; however, I’m sure I’ve left something out. If I have, please add it to the comments. You may have an idea or a tip that could save someone’s life.
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