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I am so saddened by the most recent storms/flooding on the East Coast, the first snow of 2018 that took lives and the horrible fire in California. It seems we still have a lot to learn about how to stay safe and help our neighbors.
Hurricanes, Tornados, Floods, Fires, Blizzards will continue to happen. Are you prepared?
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst…
Plan to drive go to a safer location before the traffic gets bad. If you cannot do that plan to go on foot to a safer place.
Keep some cash on hand if the power is out and credit card machines don’t work.
Keep your most critical information with you: insurance policy number; list of current medications; emergency contact numbers; save copies of your Will, Power of Attorney, Deed, vehicle titles to a thumb drive. Carry your ID & passport.
Bring enough medication for at least a week, a month is better.
If you have time: unhook appliances; clean out the refrigerator
Email or text a family member where you are going and send a second message when you arrive at your destination.
Take some nonperishable snacks and water
Keep a backpack or small suitcase stocked with a few essentials and some first aid.
Layer your clothes and wear comfortable shoes
Don’t forget the cell phone charger (I have a solar charger, got it for $15 on Amazon)
WAZE is a phone app that will help you navigate traffic.
Pets can be in a crate and taken to a boarding place.
If you have time bring a few toys, games, crayons/paper for the kids.
Going to a shelter? Remember even shelters may lose power and heat. Bring a flashlight, and some blankets/pillows.
Talk to your family, friends and neighbors about the plan. Ask your church or civic organization to discuss emergency plans in a town hall forum.
The Red Cross has more ideas on their website.
Think about your elderly or disabled friends and neighbors. They may need your help to get to safety.
If you have a idea on how to be better prepared, please share. We all should help each other. Luke 10:25:37