Are you prepared for the next hurricane?

After having a reprieve from hurricanes the past couple years, you may not be as prepared as you need to be for the next big storm.  There were several items that we found to be important after the last storm that you should have handy in case we are hit again this year and lose power.

If your house has a well, the first thing they tell you to do prior to a big storm is to fill your tub with water.  This is very important because well pumps run on electricity, and toilets do not flush without water in them.  This seemed relatively easy to do the night before the storm, unless you discover at the last minute that your tub does not have a water stopper!  Go check your tub right now.  If you have a stopper, give the seal a test run by filling the tub partway and leaving the stopper closed overnight to make sure there are no slow leaks.  You don’t want to be forced to fill up pots and pans and carry them into the bathroom.

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It goes without saying, that lights and batteries are very important.  We fine that different flashlights and lights work well for different purposes.  Camping lanterns work great to provide good ambient light in a room.

Head lamps are perfect for providing hands-free direct light.  You can use them to read, walk the dog, and eat meals.

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Of course, regular flashlights always come in handy.  Leave plenty of them around the house so that you always have one handy.

Familiarize yourself with opening each light’s battery compartment.  Be sure to stock up on extra batteries for each type.  Rechargeable lights are great for short power outages, but remember that you need electricity to charge them, which doesn’t do much good for long-term outages.

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Extra gas is also a necessity, not only for your generators, but also for your cars and chainsaws.  Who can forget that there were few gas stations open during the last storm?

Keep an emergency kit in your basement filled with storm necessities (leave your headlamp upstairs so you have enough light to go find the emergency kit in the dark):

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Other useful items to have on hand:

Cash (with no power, ATMs and credit card machines do not work)

Battery-powered radio

Two-week supply of prescriptions

Drinking water

Non-perishable food

Books

And while you are stocking up on emergency items at Page’s, don’t forget the other essential items found at our neighbor’s store.

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