To all our readers on the East Coast, we he hope you are safe and dry with minimal damage from Hurricane Sandy. Admittedly, the photos look both wild and unbelievable. That the unstoppable New York City could be waterlogged for days, if not weeks, feels surreal. But, if nothing else, this storm teaches us to be prepared for the worst – while hoping for the best.
I was in New York during Hurricane Irene and remember my mom calling me on the Friday before, reminding me to get items for my emergency kit, like a flashlight and batteries. Considering that most of the important items to me plug into a wall to charge (e.g. my iPhone), it was a good wake-up call in terms of how to best mitigate a natural disaster.
Hurricane Sandy is over – but it’s no excuse not to prepare your apartment for next time. And, just think, if you gather your emergency kit items now, you won’t have to fight off the masses at CVS next time there’s a storm. Or, an earthquake (hey there, West Coast readers).
Suggested Emergency Kit List:
- At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day),
- Non-perishable food (energy bars are a good choice)
- Manual can opener
- Personal hygiene items
- Utensils and utility knife
- First aid kit
- Prescription and non-prescription medicines
- Cell phone and battery-powered cell phone charger
- Battery-powered or hand-crank/solar radio and flashlight
- Plenty of batteries
- Extra cash
- Blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games (especially if you need to evacuate)
- Duct tape/plastic tarp
- Tools to fix minor damage in your home/apt (depending on how far away your landlord lives)
- Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups (Alissa-specific addition)
What about you? Anything else you’d add?