How many of us are still haunted by the images we got with Katrina in 2006? That was a wake up call for our country as a whole. We came to realize how vulnerable the US was to Mother Nature’s wrath. As hurricane Irene takes a path up our East Coast and hitting areas of our coast that normally doesn’t get hit with violent hurricanes, like New York City. We in the DC area, being only a hop skip and jump away. We need to prepare ourselves mentally for what Irene can and will leave for us as an aftermath. Here are a few helpful tips to help all of us weather the storm.
Wind damage may be the biggest problem and power outages may cause some difficulties for our area. Try to be patient and stay calm. Communication like land lines and cell phones are for emergency purposes in times like this. Especially within a 24 hour window of the storm. Over loading the system with calls that are not of emergency nature, just makes everything harder for all emergency persons involved and will not get your power back on any sooner.
Keep freezers close as much as possible. Most freezers usually can keep food frozen for a few days without power. Food is not cheap and in most cases you won’t have food go bad.
During this time of the year, we really don’t need heat, a good thing. But fresh batteries for flashlights and lots of candles are always a wise choice to keep around, anyway.
Eat up the perishable foods first. Since you won’t be able to use electric to cook, use common sense. There are worse things in life then eating cold can corn from the cabinet.
Move vehicles and keep away from areas of trees that can and will fall due to high winds. Accidents happen and by checking your home and surrounding areas for potential dangers is the first step to your safety.
The shore line is our favorite places to visit and relax. But with Irene, things will change. Out of season tourist travel is here. Many places like Ocean City, Md looks forward to these out of season tourists and the best deals are aways the hottest during this time of year.
Be prepared for cancellations and vast area damages along the shore lines. Be respectful and don’t over load the area with sightseeing tours. Most of the shore line up the coast was evacuated, so getting back into these areas may and will be dangerous to everyone.
For us here in the DC area, we are close enough to respect the problems hurricane Irene can and will cause. We are much better to handle a hurricane today, then we were in 2006 with Katrina. We can’t stop Irene, but we can prepare ourselves mentally for what ever aftermath Irene will throw at us. Be patient and stay calm. This storm too, will pass.