First an earthquake….and now, it appears according to the weather map and reports that we in CT are going to visited by Hurricane Irene sometime on Sunday, August 28. There goes my open house for Sunday.
Now weather changes. It’s only Wednesday and the prediction for the hit is four days away. The category severity could increase or decrease. No matter what, hurricane preparedness should cross everyone’s mind. If Irene fizzles out, there will be Jose, Katia, and Lee right behind it.
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So, will it be a hurricane watch or a warning? First of all, understand the difference.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are a THREAT within 48 hours.
A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are EXPECTED within 36 hours.
So what should you do to prepare?
- Listen to the weather reports on radio and television.
- Check your emergency supplies and restock if needed: This may include:
-- 3-day supply of water and non-perishable food
-- Battery powered radio
-- Other battery powered lights
-- Extra batteries
-- Extra Cash
-- Full tank of gas
-- Cell phone charged
-- Laptop charged
-- Pet supplies
- Check yard and deck for any items that could be carried by the wind – chairs, tables, umbrella, bicycles, etc.
- Crank up the refrigerator and freezer settings and keep the door closed as much as possible if the power fails.
- Turn off propane tanks
- Board up windows if at shoreline
- Become familiar with your area’s evacuation route
- Stay away from and be aware of washed out bridges and viaducts
- Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan
- Coordinate an evacuation plan with family members so everyone understands and is on the same page
GET OUT if advised by authorities. No house or property is worth risking injury or your life.
Never underestimate the power of a hurricane. A hurricane is a powerful storm that causes high winds, storm surges, flooding and even tornadoes.
Prepare yourself, your family and your property while it is still CALM. Hopefully on Sunday, August 28, we'll be saying Goodnight....and good riddance to Irene. Stay safe!
Goodnight Irene ~ Time to Get Prepared for a Hurricane in CT and East Coast