Here in the Pacific Northwest, forecasts show we have 50/50 of experiencing a storm that will rival the historic Columbus Day storm of 1963. I wasn’t around for it, but I’ve read it caused $230 million in damages, took 46 lives and injured hundreds of others.
50 plus years later, I doubt people are any better prepared for a catastrophe of this nature.
When the storm hits, will you be prepared?
Here are some tips:
(But WAIT one doggone minute – this list looks familiar! Well, yes, yes it does – these are pretty basic preparation ideas, many we have shared before. )
- Clean out your gutters.
- Remove danger trees and/or dead limbs.
- Put away outdoor furniture.
- Secure livestock.
- If you’re in a flood zone, have sandbags ready.
- Made sure you have enough fuel for your stove.
- Have warm blankets and clothing available.
- NEVER use a propane heater or grill inside.
- Top off the fuel in your vehicles.
- First Aid kit and a 7-day supply of prescription medications.
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Enough food and water for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days).
- Water… don’t wait to the last minute, a news station in Seattle was showing bare shelves last night.
- Food… easy to prepare without the assistance of electricity.
- Don’t forget about your pets!
- Cell phone charged up and a charging block available.
- Landline, remember it may be the only line working.
- Have a battery-powered or hand crank radio available.
- Extra batteries.
- Cash on hand.
These are just a few ideas. When the storm hits, don’t find your a…er… yourself blowin’ in the wind.
What are some tips you have for preparing for a storm? Leave them in the comments below.
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