BOSTON – Here are some hurricane safety tips from officials.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges homes to make disaster supply kits. What's in theirs? Take a look:
MEMA DISASTER SUPPLY KIT:
Canned goods and nonperishable foods that do not need cooking:
Canned meats and fish
Canned fruits and vegetables
Canned soups and puddings
Canned fruit juices
Dried fruit and nuts
Bread, cookies and crackers
Peanut butter and jelly
Coffee and tea
Manual can opener
Bottled water (1 gallon per person/per day)
Prescription medication (2 week supply)
Water purification tablets (halazone)
Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
Infant care items:
First aid supplies
Masking and duct tape
Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries
Battery operated radio, with extra batteries
Watch or battery operated clock
Canned heat (sterno)
Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply
A certain amount of cash
Important documents (Such as wills, deeds, prescriptions, passports, birth certificates, health record, proof of address, Social Security number)
Plastic trash bags
Plastic sheeting or tarp
Personal hygiene items
Other useful items:
Ax or chainsaw
Nails and screws
Rope and wire
Broom, mop and bucket
Shovel, rake and wheelbarrow
Sheets of plywood
If you are asked to evacuate, the National Weather Service offers these tips:
Do not drive farther than necessary.
Take familiar routes: Especially if you must travel at night.
Make sure you have a full tank of fuel before leaving.
Take as few vehicles as possible. The fewer cars on the road, the better traffic will flow and the quicker everyone can reach their intended destination safely. Try to avoid towing large trailers.
Try to complete your travel before the onset of tropical storm/gale force winds and heavy rain. New England Hurricanes are often preceded by a false period of calm before conditions deteriorate rapidly. Do not be fooled.
Items To Consider Taking To A Shelter
Take along blankets, sleeping bags, pillows and towels.
Take along any necessary medications as well as personal hygiene items including: soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Remember that alcoholic beverages, and weapons are not allowed at evacuation shelters.
Remember not all shelters accept pets. If the shelter you will be using does, be sure to bring supplies for your pet including: a crate or carrier, food, toys to keep them occupied and medical records. Your towns requirements may vary, so be sure to find out exactly what you will need well ahead of time.
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