The current track shows Hurricane Isaac could make landfall as a Category 1 storm on Tuesday somewhere between Mobile and Tallahassee. The time to prepare is now. Use this Hurricane Preparedness Checklist to make a plan before the storm arrives. Before the Storm: 1. Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank. 2. Test your generator with a load to insure it is working properly. 3. Check your flood insurance policy on what is and is not covered. 4. Have some cash on hand in small denominations. 5. Have a portable battery powered AM radio. 6. Fill medical prescriptions. Prepare your Home: 1. Board up your windows or close storm shutters. 2. Trim the trees and shrubs around your home. 3. Clear clogged rain gutters. 4. Take pictures of your home inventory, electronics, jewelry, appliances, etc.) and store them in a safe place, or email them to a relative. 5. Secure or remove all items outside your home (grill, potted plants, etc.) 6. Tie down small or young trees to prevent uprooting. 7. Store all important documents in a water proof container and in a secure location. 8. Turn off propane tanks. 9. Fill the bathtub and/or other large containers with water for cleaning and flushing toilets. If you plan to evacuate: 1. Are you located in an evacuation area on the evacuation map. Check www.bereadyescambia.com or www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency to verify. 2. Give your evacuation plans to a friend or relative not in your area. 3. Find a list of emergency shelters in your area at www.bereadyescambia.com or www.santarosa.fl.gov.emergency/shelters 4. Take a copy of all your important documents. If you plan to stay: 1. Fill gas containers and store them safely. 2. Have a 3-5 day supply of food on hand. 3. Have a first aid kit on hand. 4. Have fully charged cell phones. During the storm: 1. Turn the refrigerator and freeze to the coldest settings and keep the doors shut. 2. Avoid using the phones except for emergencies. 3. Stay indoors and away from doors and windows. 4. Close all interior doors. 5. Keep curtains and blinds closed. 6. Take refuge in a small interior room of your home. After the storm: 1. Do not venture on the roads until you have been advised they are passable and safe. 2. Carefully inspect your home’s exterior for damage and safety issues. 3. Avoid any downed power lines. 4. Do not run generators or grills indoors. 5. Check with local authorities about whether water is safe to drink.If in doubt, boil for one minute to disinfect. 6. Document any damages and contact your insurance company to start a claim.
Hurricane Isaac on course for Gulf Coast
Post on behalf of Thomas J. Ueberschaer PA on Friday August 24, 2012