October 29, 2012

FrankenStorm, the monster storm that is about to move into the NorthEast is not a joke. Damaging winds, heavy rains, downed power lines and major flooding are almost inevitable in the next few days. This hurricane has the potential to be one of the most destructive storms in history.

There are things that you and your family can do to prepare in advance. One of the most important is to listen to local news on the radio, TV and the Internet. Follow the advice and instructions that you get from local authorities. Better to be safe than sorry.

If you are going to stay home then it’s a good idea to prepare a basic disaster supply kit. Here’s some of things it should contain:


  • Water, a gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help if need be.
  • Manual (not electric) can opener for cans of food.
  • Cell phone with a charger that doesn’t depend upon local electricity.
  • Books, games, puzzles and other activities for youngsters.
  • Medicines and other personal supplies.


Be calm and safe. It’s always just best to be prepared for the worst, even though you hope nothing bad actually happens. 

Posted by: Seymour Simon

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