Hey everyone. As Hurricane Florrence approaches the coast of the states, it occurred to me that a lot of us have friends and loved ones on the forum who may be in the targeted area. And so, as a form of support to those we physically cannot reach, I figured we could all drop some tips for storms and such that we have learned over the years.
I would also like to possibly make this a check in for those who are concerned. It doesn't have to be - but I distinctly remember waiting and waiting on Facebook for friends and family to check in and it drove me crazy. It also occurred to me that a lot of members wont have shared public social media accounts for obvious reasons. So maybe this could be a collected place for support.
I'll start with a few tips I learned while dispatching clean up and rescue last year:
If you cannot evacuate:
- Buy and wash brand new outside trash bins. Wash them out and then fill with drinking water. You now have a decent water supply, in a clean location, for toilets, baths, and drinking if needed.
- Dish washers and washing machines are automatically waterproof and heavy. Put any valuables (birth certificates, passports, cash, etc) and electronics (laptops, iPads, music equipment, etc) into the washers and try to unhook them. They are far safe in there than anywhere if the house floods.
- IF you have a sole freezer unit and do not need to use it for food or water - you can use this as another place for valuables. Just make sure it is unplugged. This is not as recommended as you should be using these places for drinking water and food if needed.
- Toilet paper. Everyone thinks about food, water, flashlights, etc but no one remembers that we all need toilet paper. Try to stock up enough for the duration of the storm plus one more week.
I hope everyone is safe and no one even needs this thread. But any of you in the targeted area - know you are loved and we support you