Preparing for Sandy

With the weekend upon us, it’s a good time to take stock of how prepared you are should Sandy materialize. Clean up your yard, secure lawn furniture and considering picking up supplies so that you are ready for next week. Make sure key documents are in a waterproof and portable container. While full resources are available at Vermont Emergency Management and Ready.gov, here is a shorter list pared down to only include tips on preparing for rain and wind.

How much food and water do I need?

  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day. Have at least a 3 day supply of water for each person.
  • Manual can opener

Other Supplies:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Car Charger for cell phone
  • Prescription drugs
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Baby Supplies (diapers, formula)
  • Change of clothes for each person
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

 

Loss of Power (Information from VEM)

– If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), be prepared to fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.  Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water.  Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.

-If electric power is lost, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door.  Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed).  If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.

-Review the process for manually operating an electric garage door.

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