Preparing for Emergencies- Earthquake in Virginia; Hurricane Irene in North Carolina
Earthquake in Virginia
Yesterday while the three of us were going around town taking care of errands (aka looking for an HP TouchPad) an earthquake occurred in Virginia. While we didn’t personally notice it, our family on the Eats Coast certainly did and contacted us to make sure we were alright.
Unfortunately the earthquake isn’t the only weather related news on my radar this week. Hurricane Irene is coming up and some of the models have it projected to hit the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While our area will probably be spared the brunt of it, many people could need to evacuate.
Considering the two big events of this week, I decided to review our emergency plan.
Emergency Kit Supplies
After you have a plan, many organizations like FEMA recommend having an emergency kit ready to cover the immediate needs of your family until help arrives. What do you need for your emergency kit? According to the Red Cross, here are some of the esstentials:
Water—one gallon per person, per day (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
Food—nonperishable, easytoprepare items (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
Batterypowered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
In addition to the above supplies, depending on your family’s circumstances, you may also need:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Find and Go to a Safe Location
If you’re in an area where a disaster, like a hurricane, will strike, you should have a safe location planned to evacuate your family. Most of our family lives relatively nearby, so their places aren’t necessarily safer if we need to leave. Our best bet would be to head a few hours West to where a couple of our live. Should we need to head over there, we’d notify our families and give them another contact number to reach us by.
Protect Your Pets
Of course, if you have to leave, you’d like your pets to be safe. Before disaster strikes try to keep a list of hotels and motels that accept animals on the premises. You also want to have your local animal shelter’s number ready in case you have to call to get other recommendations if your first few choices are full.
Make sure your pet is secure in a pet carrier in case they panic. You need to be able to keep them under control as you evacuate. If you haven’t already consider getting your pet an ID chip or at least have their collar tags up to date with your contact information.
You can’t afford to have a limited water and food supply and many mouths to feed. Your pets should also have their own survival kit.
If you can’t take your beloved pets with you, call boarding kennels and make arrangements for their care. Have their medical records on hand to prove they are up to date.
Being Prepared For Emergencies
I’ll admit right now, we aren’t prepared as we should be with our emergency kit. Just because of the time involved in getting one ready with everything, I’m heavily leaning towards purchasing a kit a pre-made kit from an organization like the Red Cross. We really would need to have something grab and go ready.
How prepared are you? Do you have a plan and kit ready for your family?
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