0815 am EST -Oct 7, 2016
It’s time now to hunker down Florida . Shelter in place if you live North of Melbourne, Florida.
Hearts and prayers with all the 1st Responders /military heroes helping prepare for Hurricane Matthew right now …
WAITING UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE TO EVACUATE ENDANGERS FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR AMAZING TROOPS THERE TO SAVE US ALL AND KEEP US SAFE BUT DON’T MAKE THEM RISK THEIR LIVES UNNECESSARILY !
BE A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN . THEY HAVE FAMILIES TOO.
KNOW YOUR EVACUATION PLAN . SHARE THIS WITH LOVED ONES ALWAYS.
PER NOAA, NO EYE LANDFALL BUT THE GREAtesT DANGER IS 7-11 FOOT SURGES NORTH OF MELBOURNE . BECAUSE HURRICANE MATTGEW WOBBLED EAST 20 MILES, WIND DAMAGE WILL BE MINIMIZED. BUT SURGE CAUSES THE MOST DEATHS SO LISTEN TO LOCAL AUTHORITieS AND STAY SAFE INDOORS.
PREPARE FOR PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES IN FLORIDA EAST COAST, GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA- CHARGE DEVICES WHILE YOU CAN.
🔶PER JACK PARRISH , NOAA FLIGHT METEOROLOGIST THERE WERE 2 EYE WALLS .
🔶 ” Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks or months ” latest National Weather Advisory .
🔶GREATEST CONCERN WITH HURRICANE FORCE WINDS AND SURGE OF 7-11 FEET . CITIZENS SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM SHORE AND FOLLOW LOCAL EMERGENCY RESPONDER DIRECTIVES IN NEXT FEW DAYS AND WEEKS .
Look after your neighbors and elderly – many who are vets, disabled and military families . If you need help and it is not an emergency but critical – call 311 !
🔶 Great article about what to do before, during & after hurricanes from the US Navy:
Thank our heroes and offer them a sandwich & – cold drink or coffee when you see them out in the storms …they have families too waiting for them to come home safe after they finish helping all of us !
Are YOU ready? Are you prepared for upcoming snowstorms, flooding and blizzards even this hurricane season with Matthew now here ? For the electric outages?
Needs for snowstorms though many of these items overlap with Hurricane Prep needs too like Hurricane Matthew and keep scrolling for Hurricane Guidance
- Extra Tarps
- hot cocoa and marshmallows for the kids
- Sleeping bags and pillows ,extra clothes ,have them ready as the washer and dryer won’t work when electricity is out
- Instant coffee
- dog food/ pet food
- Tea and honey for sore throats
- Throat lozenges and Ibuprofen
- flashlights for each member of family and batteries
- weather radio
- extra sets of clothes and raincoats
- IF you have funds – a generator ( we don’t have one either so don’t feel bad )
- stock up food and medicine for one week for all
- Water ,water and water stock up for month if you can !
- Charge up all electronics !
- Get cash out of ATMs in case credit cards can’t be used with electric outages
- activities for kids including poster board and coloring items so they can write thank you cards to National Guard and 1st responders !
(If you are ready or even safe and sound in the middle of the storm , go see how you can help and give thanks to our troops and wounded warriors in need at Operation Healing Angel or Troop Needs)
HOMEFRONT HUGS HURRICANE AND STORM PREPARATION GUIDE
1. PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE…at least a week before…do not delay and consider preparing before storms ever are forecast
FIRST, if you have a smart phone – DOWNLOAD the RED CROSS TORNADO APP for FREE :
Tornado Warning App for iPhone and Android | American Red Cross >
Remember to stay prepared , run drills with kids, and the bathtub in the central part of your home is safest if you do not have a basement !
DOWNLOAD any other local weather warning apps for your area that your local TV stations recommend for other inclement weather like floods, tornadoes, etc and the Weather Channel where our favorite Sam Champion works now ! But we also send a special Michigan hug to Ginger Zee on ABC !
KEEP 311 or 211 ( in NYC) on speed dial as this is for anything that is almost an emergency but not quite and to help you find resources and help after a storm = UNITED WAY. This is also for elderly or disabled citizens who need help removing snow and ice.
Keep all your electronics fully charged and their backup batteries fully charged to minimize stress when the electricity goes out ! Check out this Halo charger today on QVC – before they sell out.
2. GET TOGETHER 3 DISASTER KITS:
1st KIT include all your vital documents to include insurance papers, marriage and birth certificates, will, transcripts, passports, licenses, diplomas, health insurance cards for everyone, copies of all as you do not want to hand anyone originals if needed AND photos of your personal belongings and car. This should be kept with your laptops and electronics with chargers in a waterproof case or tote labeled “Vital Documents/Electronics” and don’t forget your cameras !
2nd KIT – YOUR 1ST AID KIT make this one your 1st aid supplies and all medications for your and pets and vitamins, labeled well in case you have to leave pets or anyone in care of a friend or Samaritan for a moment. Make sure your 1st aid kit has the following:
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- 2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- 4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
- Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
- Triangular bandages (3)
- 2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- 3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
- Moistened towelettes
- burn ointment and 4×4’s for burn wounds
- paper tape
- stronger medical tape
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- Sunscreen during summers
- small scissors or your Swiss Army Knife
- gloves, several pair
- emergency warming blanket ( one for each member of your family)
- large and small ziploc bags for wound care or grabbing a few items if needed
- some fun silly bandages for the kids
- black sharpie pen to label anything
Prescription drugs for your 1st Aid Kit:
Make sure all your prescriptions are filled and ready – all labeled officially and with names of each family member at least a few days before the storm if possible. as even pharmacies can run out or not be open due to weather.
Non-prescription drugs for your 1st Aid Kit:
- Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Include a list of every family member’s meds and allergies in case of emergency
HINT: You can make yours out of a soft lunchbox ( Lands End has super soft square lunch boxes with pockets ) or order one from the Red Cross…
3rd KIT make this kit the one in the largest rubber tote with water, canned goods, snacks, extra treats/rewards for good behavior in kids, travel games, flashlights crankable or with batteries in bag, peanut butter or Nutella is a great choice with crackers,juice, canned fruit, garbage bags, protein bars, dried fruit, can opener, beef jerky, Slim Jims, Twizzlers, crystal light or Gatorade packs to add to water, napkins, paper plates, toilet paper or baby wipes , battery operated radio. Remember, if troops come by with supplies, you will be given water and MRE’s (not so tasty) so bring things to heat up or mix with water if your food runs out …
3. GET GAS for the car or truck NOW whether you plan to evacuate or not as gas lines will be impossible later. If you are not leaving , get some extra gas canisters and fill up as it may run out with panic and storms. Keep these canisters OUTSIDE of your home in garage but with ventilation. SAFETY FIRST.
4. Stock up on supplies and water now before shelves are bare and public rushes to do it all at the last minute. You can be home relaxing with the family, keeping everyone calm as others panic. You should have a gallon of water per person per day and plan for at least 3-5 days without water and electricity minimum .
Can’t forget our best friends during storms ! This was my son and George after Hurricane Ivan …
5. PET CARE AND PREP
Have enough food and medications and cozy blankets for your four legged family members as they get stressed and have all the same needs we humans do during storms.
If you can’t keep your best friends with you, make sure you have a reservation for your kennel or a crate to keep your pets secure and feeling safe as they will get hyper and nervous as storms approach. That means make certain their shots are up to date at all times so they are accepted at your kennel .
Whether they are in their crates or at the kennel give them some soft blanket or bedding with YOUR scent to feel at ease and their favorite toys labeled. Make sure you always have your vet’s number and your pet health records with you or you may not be able to use a shelter that allows pets if they are not current with shots with proof. MAKE COPIES .
Photos are equal to copies but make sure you take photos of all important documents and keep those on your phone at all times .
ALSO, this is a good time to MICROCHIP your pet so if he or she gets lost, your best friend is returned to YOU !
6. Have a PLAN OF ACTION ” A FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN” and 2 contacts who everyone can call OUT OF STATE and OUT OF STORMS way during and after storm is over, and assessment of damages begin, as your electricity may be out, your cell phone may not work locally at all due to local tower damage, and roads may be blocked. Have a plan as to where you will evacuate if worse comes to worse and let your contact/family member know. The worst is not knowing after a storm if everyone is okay. Write your plan down. Make sure everyone in the family is on board. Make copies. Remember copies can also be made by taking a photo of anything you need with your phone.
7. Have laminated updated ID cards of your kids and any elderly family members if you have time with their height, weight, photo and address, meds, allergies, and health insurance info and YOUR cell phone number in case for some reason you get separated. You keep one and the other stays in your child’s backpack or pocket at all times. Include any additional info if your child is special needs. This is good to have all the time and update once a year. Make your own and laminate can be found at any pharmacy or sometimes even grocery stores for small photos which is all you need… you will have photo on one side and info on other you print out small from your computer. If they are missing, you can hand this to 1st responders immediately with NO lag time ! You may also have a laminated ID with the same info for your pets too.
8. Make sure the kids prepare too and are involved due to fear. Have them help you and pack their own favorite items in their backpacks and pillows. Make it an adventure ! Have them pack their toiletries too in plastic baggies and anything they need for personal care in their own backpacks no matter how young. Let them have responsibility ! Have them reassure their dolls and pets as this works BOTH ways (hint)! This is the time too to get them some fun flashlights and the hand crank ones are great with no need for batteries! Of course we love the mini maglites made in the USA !
9. Kids need to feel involved and they can even learn to track the storm or hurricane so they can feel like young meteorologists ! Let them know that our troops, especially the National Guard and our Coast Guard are already getting everything stocked and ready to help as soon as the storms leave and it is safe to go out. They are heroes and that is why it is so important to be grateful for our troops and all they do. They protect us and keep us safe here on US soil every day .
10. Music is vital so allow kids to listen to theirs and purchase a small charger to keep their Ipods and other Mp3 players charged from the car in case nothing else works ! Allow the kids more flexibility and more room to act out a bit understanding they are stressed too and talk about it. Realize they are trying to understand and yet feel helpless in many ways too. Give them responsibilities and praise as they help and remind them you can get through anything together !! Bring books too to read to your kids no matter how old and travel games they love. You may be at home with no TV or computer for a long time ! Make sure you remind them what heroes they are too and learn how to play games like Tic- Tac – Toe or Hangman which only require pen and paper !
11. For kids, pack their winter coats or raincoats and boots for splashing around afterwards if it is safe as there may be flooding with some storms and lots of frogs and animals they usually may not see coming out of the storm’s path…and a wonderful science adventure …or for sledding afterwards with neighbors or building snowmen !
12. Go over safety rules with children before, during and after storms no matter how young or old. Do not assume kids understand what a downed power line is, or how dangerous it can be to “ EXPLORE” after a storm until you have designated everything safe. SAFETY FIRST.
And then remind your kids consistently how safe they are, how this is just another adventure to write and tell others about one day !
13. Know how to shut your electricity off as it can spark a fire with natural gas leaks after a storm but contact your electric company for instructions if unsure for safety. This includes having a fire extinguisher that everyone in the family knows how to use. SAFETY FIRST.
14. Fill up your tubs and extra containers with water in case your water has to be shut off for any reason due to the storm damage. Label water for bathing/cleaning and water for drinking. You may also want to get some Woolite to clean clothes by hand if you are without electricity for a while.
15. If you have to evacuate, unplug all appliances and cover any and all items with large trash bags and plastic (shower curtains work well) that you do not want getting wet in case of flooding inside. Purchase several large rubber totes to place paintings or valuables in to avoid water damage.
16. Insurance fact: One fact about groceries in fridge or freezer, most renter and house insurance policies cover your lost groceries UP to $500 so do not worry about trying to save everything when you have so much to do. For our military families we KNOW USAA does from experience …and in Florida it’s the law !
17. A non- electric grill is a plus when dealing with storms to cook food you may have placed in a cooler and that may go bad if not eaten….it’s also great to have if electricity stays off for a while !
18. If you have extra time, trim trees and branches that may fall on property or cause damage during a storm. Remove all loose items from porches and patios to prevent them from becoming dangerous projectiles !! Try to help your neighbors too with this issue especially any disabled or elderly neighbors …be there for each other .
19. GET CASH; PREPARE for ATMS to be closed or unavailable including any check cashing places, so store some cash away, or even exchange them for travelers cheques if you feel more comfortable, so you can buy items needed after storm when things open !
20. GET A TRACKING MAP FOR THE FAMILY if dealing with hurricanes to follow along the path of the storm which is not only informational, but eases stress and fears as you know what is going on at all times.
21. REACH out to the Elderly, Disabled, Military families who may need help getting supplies together and preparing for the impending storm. Be a good neighbor and compassionate. Help them get to shelters if it seems it would be easier for them. And remember to pay it forward. That is what Americans are all about, right? Even after the storm has hit, check on those around you and make sure everyone is okay. Never endanger yourself though as that will just make more work for our 1st responders and more victims to rescue ! Finally – exchange phone numbers with neighbors so you can check on each other once it is safe …
22. Know the evacuation routes if you do leave and are permitted to be on the roads,and do not try to take your own path due to danger, no matter how jammed roads are. AND DO NOT LEAVE too late as you may end up out of gas, stuck on evacuation routes, during the storms which is the worst feeling ! SAFETY FIRST.
23. If possible, purchase a small generator if you deal with many storms or potential big storms arnd purchase it in advance of storm season so you are not paying outrageous prices or from someone moving from the area.
24. You should also have photos of all your possessions and valuables including documents, and if short on time, take photos with your phone esp of documents like insurance papers and birth certificates ! Be prepared.
25. A MUST HAVE: INVEST IN A WEATHER RADIO wherever you live..it has saved lives ! They cost about $30. You can also buy them on the Red Cross Site at their online store but they cost a bit more.
26. ABOUT CALLING 911 PLEASE remember not to clog emergency lines up 911= unless it is life threatening as the first 48 hours are just as dangerous for 1st responders who have families too…to come and help you for little things ! The first 48 hours you may be on your own and you need to prepare and realize this as a fact. PREPARE please.
27. After the storm passes, remember our heroes:
Make some thank you cards and sandwiches and bring cold drinks to your first responders, our Coast Guard and National Guard and all heroes there after the storms. Their heroism can not be measured. Teach your children about their sacrifices and how they keep us free and safe every day.
28. FOLLOW the WARNINGS of POLICE and Temporary Restrictions/Curfews: Although inconvenient , listen to the warnings and temporary instructions to stay off roads, remain at home, etc so you do not ENDANGER others and even worse 1st responders who are trying to get help to those in crisis with real emergencies. Penalties are stiff, costly and can even cost you jail time. Stay safe and smart.
Stay home and be safe. If it is safe to walk outside, check on neighbors after the storm and remove any debris if safe, or SNOW from all fire hydrants which will help 1st responders in case there is a fire which can occur even in winter blizzards too !
29. Remember the Red Cross for donations after or during storms, they are always there for everyone and every need. Just know that is you donate, you need to specify the area you want helped with your donation or your help just goes into a general worldwide fund.
To donate by phone:
English 1-800 RED CROSS
Spanish 1-800 RED CROSS
TDD Operator 1-800 220 4095
OR TEXT REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation !
Share this with everyone you know so everyone has a chance to prepare and check their lists against ours please.
Homefront Hugs wants to send a huge hug out to all our 1st responders and military who are always there when the worst happens to help us stay safe and secure . And don’t be surprised to find out many of our police, firemen and paramedics were or are still serving in our armed forces.
Consider being there with a sandwich or drink to help your heroes when you see them working hard and serving us all. Their appreciation will humble you. They are our heroes , America. United we stand .
Thank our heroes and send us the photos of what you did for some fun prizes to Support@HomefrontHugs.org!
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