Storm Survival

A massive storm is moving towards the northeast in some of the most densely populated areas of North America.  This link has the full story:

Millions of people could be without power and transportation for days.  Not only will they have hurricane conditions to deal with, but the storm is expected to collide with two winter storms, dumping an estimated two feet of snow.  If there were a time to be prepared, it would be now for people in the storm’s path. 

It’s not too late to put together an at-home survival kit, here’s a checklist of critical items to have:

  • Nonperishable food – at least a three day supply for each person
  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered, hand-cranked, or solar-powered cell phone charger
  • Tools – such as a wrench for shutting off utilities, a screwdriver, and a hammer (at a minimum)
  • First Aid Kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items – soap, moist towlettes, toilet paper, towels
  • Items for infants – formula, diapers, bottles, medication
  • Signal mirror and whistle
  • Strike-anywhere matches
  • Special needs items – prescription medication, eye glasses, contact lense solution, hearing aid batteries
  • Photo copies of credit and identification cards
  • Cash in small denominations
  • Plastic bags of various sizes
  • Tarp
  • Powdered, chlorinated lime to treat waste and discourage insects

This list assumes you will be able to stay in your house.  If you are forced to evacuate, you will need all of these items in a backpack, plus clothing, eating and cooking utensils, sleeping bag, shelter,and  heavy cord.  My best wishes go out to all of those that may be affected by this storm.