With Hurricane Harvey’s devastation still unfolding, we on the East Coast are bracing for the possibility of another superstorm that’s currently battering the Atlantic- Irma.
Severe weather preparedness can make the difference between life and death.
ODI wants to make sure that you’re prepared to weather whatever Mother Nature throws at us.
Please take a few moments to assess your family’s preparedness level & make whatever preparations you need to be safe in the event Irma makes landfall impacting Central Virginia.
Before a storm, you should:
- Stock up on emergency suppliesfor your home and car.
- Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them near every phone in your house or on the refrigerator. Program them into your cell phone, too.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it. Read the National Fire Protection Association’s tips for using fire extinguishers.
- Find out where the nearest shelter is and the different routes you can take to get there if you have to leave your home.
- Make sure that everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your area sound like — and what to do if they go off.
- Storm proof your home if warranted – secure loose items like lawn furniture, close or install storm windows; take care of any dead trees or large limbs that are at risk of falling, make sure exterior doors are secure, take down decorative items like flags and hanging plants. You should move as many belongings upstairs or to the attic as you can if your risk of flooding is severe.
- Create a family disaster plan.
- Consider filling your bathtubs with water for bucket flushing & dip bathing
- Get ready ahead of time with cleanup supplies- bleach, rags, sponges, broom, shovel, gloves, trash bags, tarps, bungee cords, rope, duct tape, a saw, tools, and so forth.
Supplies to stock up on:
Food and Medicine
- Clean containers for water
- At least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)
- A 3 to 5 day supply of food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food) & whatever you need to prepare it- can opener, camp stove, etc
- Baby food or formula
- Prescription medicines
- First aid kit and instructions
- Fire extinguisher
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Sleeping bags or extra blankets
- Supplies to make drinking water safe (like iodine tablets or chlorine bleach)
Personal Care Products
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
- Tampons and pads
- Contact lens supplies
Make sure your supplies are stored together in a place that’s easy to reach
Make an Emergency Car Kit
In case you need to leave quickly during a hurricane, always keep an emergency kit in your car, too. Make sure you include:
- Food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)
- Jumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)
- Tools, like a roadside emergency kit
- A first aid kit and instructions
- A fire extinguisher
- Sleeping bags
- Flashlight and extra batteries
Please take steps NOW to prepare your family for the possibility of severe weather. And don’t forget your pets and any elderly, disabled or shut in friends, family and neighbors. We are all in this together! Stay safe, #RVA!