Oh dear, T-minus how many hours till Irene is supposed to hit?
Hurricane Irene. It’s all we’re talking about here in New York City. She’s supposed to his sometime on the 28th and she could possibly cause power outages, flooding, evacuation, food shortages, and other general mayhem and pandemonium.
Are you ready for her?
Historically, I’m not very good at emergency preparedness. Before now, the only 72-hour kit I owned was one that belonged to my car. (My mother put it together for us as a “happy new car!” gift. I believe it was water, candy, and toilet paper. You know, the important stuff.) Well, we’ve since sold our car and so now we’re on our own. And it’s time to get ready.
So I’m spending the day getting our house in order. After the jump, the 25 things you need to do to prepare your home for an impending hurricane, thanks to the Red Cross.
What should you do?
1. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for updates from the National Weather Services.
2. Bring in anything that can be picked up by wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, grills, children).
3. Close all windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you don’t have hurricane shutters, you can board your windows using plywood.
4. Turn your fridge and freezer to their coldest settings and keep them closed as much as possible. This will prolong the amount of time your food stays cold in case of a power outage.
5. Turn off your propane tank and unplug all appliances.
6. Fill your car and all spare tanks with gas.
7. Create your evacuation plan.
8. Check to see if you have flooding insurance (most home insurance policies do not).
Good luck, and happy storming!