Tips for hurricane safety and prep

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on September 07, 2017 # Safety

With Hurricane Irma headed our way in a matter of days, it is important for individuals living with disabilities to take extra precaution. There is the chance of power outages, flooding, or emergency evacuations that can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Here are a few tips:

1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.

2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in Tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn't crack the container.

3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.

4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.️

5. Get cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town. Call your bank if you plan on leaving the state so they don't freeze your card for out-of-area "suspicious" transactions.

6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.

7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.

8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you're headed.‍‍‍

9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don't plan on taking them with you.

10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.

11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!

12. Shut all windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house as soon as possible. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until it’s too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).

13. If you don't already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.

14. Make sure to have a generator in place for any equipment that relies on electricity, and make sure any location you are evacuated too has back up power in case of a power outage.

In the event of an evacuation, make sure to plan a proper “to go” bag with essential items like clothing, water, medication and sterile medical supplies, paperwork, and any personal affects needed to last one full week.

Tips collected by Elizabeth Treston, Sandy Survivor