The usual pre-Halloween festivities were put on hold this past weekend for East Coasters who prepared their homes for Hurricane Sandy . Even if your area won’t be affected by Sandy, now is a great time to plan ahead of time for any future natural disasters you may encounter. Here are some tips I received from my Grandma Joy, a native New Yorker who has experienced her fair share of stormy weather.
Things to do ahead of time
- Post emergency phone numbers near the telephone. Grandma also suggests to keep the names and phone numbers of your plumber, electrician, alarm company and pest control company on hand.
- Know how to turn off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water.
- Listen to weather forecasts, especially if a storm is predicted.
- Have an emergency escape plan. Familiarize yourself with escape routes, plan a way for you and your family to communicate or meet after the disaster phases, and educate yourself on safe places to go during a disaster.
- If you have a boat, make sure you know how to store it safely during a disaster.
- Make an inventory of your possessions (along with receipts and serial numbers) and store it somewhere other than your home (e.g., your office, friend’s house, safe-deposit box).
- Store important documents somewhere other than your home (ahem, DivaDocs!).
Supplies to keep on hand
- First-aid supplies (e.g., bandages, antiseptic)
- Canned goods, can opener
- Several gallons of water
- Extra batteries
- Prescription medications
- Small amount of cash
- Charged cell phone
- Copies of important documents (e.g., wills, birth and marriage certificates, driver’s license, insurance policies) Once again, DivaDocs!