Hi there ~ Hillary, the weather junkie here, sending "be safe wishes" for Hurricane Matthew if he comes north to Scarsdale, NY 10583:
Look for some Storm Safety & Preparation tips, your way for Hurricane Season 2016!
October just arrived and our 2016 hurricane season is really picking up. Remember that Sandy arrived on October 29, 2012 and stalled our U.S. Halloween for the 2nd year. In 2011, it was a "Frankenstorm" snow emergency that closed down the NY Metro on October 28th. I was moving into our Fleetwood, NY home that Saturday...a mess!
Nasa pic of Superstorm Sandy moving up the U.S. coast, north to New York 10583 in 2012
For incoming Hurricanes, even if they are not a "direct hit," It is important to refresh yourself on the steps needed in order to prepare yourself for a storm. When news breaks that a storm is on the rise, we traditionally have several days to prepare for it -- at the family's disaster restoration biz in Westchester County, NY.
It is important to track the storm day by day because it is possible for it to pick up speed or change directions. Once a hurricane has been announced -- like Hurricane Matthew and Nicole right behind -- it is crucial to start an emergency plan for evacuation, if needed.
Start to gather food and water when you hear that the storm will impact your town or region. It is important to get your supplies for the kids, your pets (food and meds) and your clothing, medications, readers, phone chargers (battery run), as quickly as possible. Stores will sell bottled water and perishables fast.
After you have gone out and collected food and water, you must prepare your fridge and freezer. Eat all perishables first, in anticipation of the power going out. Fill your fridge and freezer with frozen bottled water to keep it cool and non-perishables. The fuller your freezer is, the more items there are to retain the cold. Put all the ice you have in your freezer into plastic bags and fill the spaces in your freezer with it.
Lastly put all of your valuables and extra cash in plastic, including insurance and important documents, current bills, plus I.D.s,, passports and documentation for the children -- and your pets in the clear plastic bags. You can double down by putting all into a plastic container with chargers, batteries and all important items to keep dry.
Be sure to hang your water sensitive belongings, in plastic bags and up high, off the floor on a picture hook vs. on a piece of furniture that may fall or tip over. This will insure that your important information and even extra cash will stay dry in case of flooding. Do the same for diapers and towels, bedding and anything that must stay dry! Large trash bags work and they can be hung on hooks or even your staircases, etc.
Here's a great checklist, as we brace for Hurricane Matthew in Scarsdale, NY 10583 -- or a flyby, if the storm turns south and east of the Empire State.
Basic Preparedness Tips
- Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
The Core Emergency Survival Kit
- Water – one gallon per person, per day.
- Food – nonperishable and canned foods, along with a non-electric can opener.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Flashlights with extra batteries.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio. If battery-powered, have extra batteries.
- Extra clothing and blankets.
- A first-aid kit.
- Emergency cash and checks – credit cards may not be dependable if there is a power outage.
- Electronic chargers, including chargers that can be used in your vehicle.
- A whistle to signal for help.
- Duct tape.
- Copies of personal documents – including a home inventory list, insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.
- Bug spray.
- Pen and notebook – use to keep notes, important phone numbers, etc., if power is out and electronic devices are not working.
Additional Survival Kit Items
- Baby supplies – diapers, wipes, infant formula, food and bottles.
- Pet food and extra water for your pets.
Medications – if you, a family member, or a pet rely on daily medications, be sure
to include at least a three to seven-day supply.
Critical Personal Documents (Hard Copy or Digital)
- Copy of your insurance policies – both home and auto.
- Wills, trusts, deeds and birth certificates.
- Account numbers – bank accounts, insurance accounts, etc.
- Personal and family records.
- Copies of licenses and/or ID cards.
- Medical records.
- Legal and financial documents.
- An inventory of your home’s contents.
- Photographs of your home and your belongings.
- If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads:
- Have a self winding battery charger, extra batteries and a solar or other alternative cell phone charger, or two!
- Make a family emergency communication plan -- you can find great guides on how and where to meet your loved ones at FEMA.gov or the Red Cross websites.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. Find them online at Travelers, FEMA and NOAA websites and download ahead of the storm.
- If you do not have a generator and live in a single family home, it's time to invest/pick one up, to maintain your home's basic lighting, stove and refrigerator and fire detectors, if nothing else. Have your electrictian hook up just those essentials on one line to the breaker box / your generator in case the power is out for days...again!
Keep these few tips in mind and you will be well prepared for Hurricanes Matthew -- that may turn East before a New York impact. Florida is evacuating today...then, Hurricane Nicole is on the way, so keep an eye on the next one.
Best of luck and stay safe!
~ from All of us at Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon