As the weather forecast for Hurricane Irene continues to crystallize RidleyParkOnline Member should begin making emergency preparations for this natural disaster.
Every Ridley Park resident should be prepared to support their family for at least 3 days without electrical power and to support their family for 3 days without water supplies.
Your home emergency kit should contain essential food, water and supplies to live on for at least three days. Keep your emergency kit in a designated location in your home and in an easy-to-carry container in case you need to evacuate. One of the greatest risks to Ridley Park homes is structural damage to residences caused by falling trees. You may not be able to stay in your home when the storm is over. The time to prepare for a possible evacuation from your home is today.
Water may be cut off or contaminated. Store enough water for everyone in your family to last for at least 3 days. Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Three gallons per person per day will give you enough to drink and for limited cooking and personal hygiene. Remember to plan for pets. Forget buying bottled water, fill up your bathtub, buckets and bottles. It is also necessary to store enough emergency food to provide for your family for at least 3 days.
- Store food items that are familiar, rather than buying special emergency food.
- Consider any dietary restrictions and preferences you may have.
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
- Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water)
- Staples--sugar, salt, pepper
- High energy foods--peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
- Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs
- Comfort/stress foods--cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags
High winds, blowing objects cause cuts, bleeding and other injuries. Keep the following basic first aid supplies so you are prepared to help if you or your family members are hurt.
- 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)
- Toilet paper
- Soap, liquid detergent
- Feminine supplies
- Personal hygiene items
- Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket with tight lid
- Household chlorine bleach
- Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils
- Emergency preparedness manual
- Portable, battery-operated radio or television and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Cash or traveler's checks, change
- Nonelectric can opener, utility knife
- Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type
For more details and a complete list of necessities, check Ready America.gov and Ready PA. org