The Five Most Important Things You Need to Survive a Hurricane:
Basically, the entire East Coast could get hit by Hurricane Irene. And you’ve probably heard this stuff before, but here’s a recap on what you need to do to make sure you’re ready.
—It’s supposed to be a category two when it hits, so it’ll have winds between 96 and 110 miles an hour. That means some small trees might get knocked over, and you could lose power.
—If it’s a category three, that means winds between 111 and 130 miles an hour … damage to the exterior of buildings … big trees being uprooted … and power outages for days, or even weeks.
—If it’s a category FOUR, there could be STRUCTURAL damage to buildings … A LOT of trees being uprooted … and wind speeds between 131 and 155 miles an hour.
—Experts don’t think it’ll reach category five status like Hurricane Katrina … which had winds up to 175 miles an hour.—Now, here are some of the most important things you should have on hand, according to the government’s Ready.gov website: #1.) Water. At least one gallon per person, per day. And you need enough for at least three days. So if you’re a family of four, that’s at least 12 gallons. #2.) Food. Again, you need three days worth. And in case the power goes out, it should be stuff you don’t have to keep in the fridge. —Also, make sure you have a can opener. And don’t forget about your pets. They need extra food and water too. #3.) A Pair of Pliers or a Wrench. It’s in case you have to turn off a gas line or another utility. #4.) A First-Aid Kit. Obviously, you need all the normal stuff, like band-aids and disinfectant. But if you take medication, or you need specific medical supplies for a condition, make sure you have enough. #5.) A Flashlight. Your power will be the first thing to go, and you don’t want to mess around with candles and open flames … then you could have a whole other mess on your hands. —So make sure you have at least one flashlight ready … WITH batteries. Reader’s Digest)