Checklist for Hurricane and Disaster Survival

Posted Aug 27, 2011 by Paul Magno
As Hurricane Irene begins to batter the East Coast of the United States, Disaster Preparedness has suddenly become a very real issue. Here's what you can do to keep safe in very rough moments.
Northeast threat from Hurricane Irene based on computer models on Aug. 25
Northeast threat from Hurricane Irene based on computer models on Aug. 25
National Weather Service
The following is a list of "must have" items recommended by the National Hurricane Center, if you decide to hunker down and deal with Hurricane Irene (or any other similar disaster):
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for up to a week
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food and/or juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snacks
— manual, non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
Blankets / Pillows, bedding materials
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy, warm shoes
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes (Wet Naps)
Flashlight / Batteries
Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set. (Crank cell-phone re-chargers are ideal)
Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
Also, it is stressed to NOT eat any food that has come in contact with flood water and to avoid all foods whose packaging has been water damaged. To keep perishable items as safe as possible, keep refrigerator closed to seal in some of the cooling temperature for as long as possible.
For water, it's safest to assume that the tap water is not drinkable. If possible, drink bottled water until the area health department advises that it's safe to drink the water. If no bottled water is available, boil tap water for one minute and then let it cool in a plastic container before drinking.
For more specifics, involving medicines, medical devices, pet care, etc., click HERE