The American Red Cross is mobilizing Disaster Response volunteers, supplies and equipment here in the Coastal Virginia Region as well as throughout the East Coast in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Prepare for the worst. Hope for the best. Everyone needs to get prepared now! See preparedness information and resources below:
The Essential Steps to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy and Resulting Floods
Download Red Cross Hurricane app now for iPhone or Android devices or search the iTunes or Google Play app store for "Hurricane American Red Cross."
1. Keep informed. Know the latest information on storm activity safety information as well as potential evacuation and shelter information from your local media
and the National Weather Service.
2. Prepare a Family Communication Plan. Designate a friend or relative far from the area to be affected by the storm as your family contact in the event you are separated from family members during a hurricane. Know where your family members are going to be and know how to get in touch with them as a storm approaches.
3. Help prepare seniors, disabled and those with special needs. Family, friends, and neighbors with special needs may be unable to get fully prepared for a storm and a potential evacuation. Help them through the steps shown here, paying special attention to medications and medical equipment.
4. Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit. Assume you will be without electricity + possibly water
· Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries DO NOT USE CANDLES! They are a Fire Hazard
· Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
· First aid kit
· Prescription medications in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions
· Eyeglasses (with copy of the prescription)
· Water (at least one gallon per person per day is recommended; more is better)
· Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
· Items that infants and elderly household members may require
· Medical equipment and devices such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc
· Change of clothes for each household member
· Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
· Checkbook, cash, and credit cards (Assume ATM and Credit Cards may not be usable if electricity is out)
· Map of the area
ALSO Fuel-up your car!
5. Gather important documents or copies
· Driver's license or personal identification
· Social Security card
· Proof of residence (deed or lease)
· Insurance policies
· Birth and marriage certificates
· Stock, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
· Will, deed, and copies of recent tax returns
· Backup onto discs your most important computer documents
· Take photographs of your possessions around the home for insurance purposes
6. Take steps to prevent damage to your home
· Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs and shrubs
· Move or secure lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by wind and become a projectile
· Install precut 1/2" outdoor plywood for each window of your home
· Reinforce double entry doors by adding bolts to the top and bottom of the inactive door
· Install protection to the outside areas of sliding glass doors
· Strengthen garage doors
· Remove outside antennas etc.
See the comprehensive Red Cross checklists at links above