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2017 STORMS – Disaster Recovery and safety tip lists

Below are some excellent best practices & planning for both computer and personal safety — when any major storm is forecast (where a hurricane or  winter storm) … For example, back up computer data in advance to media and/or the “cloud” … Then place computer backup media & all electronics in protective waterproof plastic containers. 

Unplugging & even wrapping expensive electronic equipment with plastic trash bags might help in some cases … this is good to do days ahead of storm & might allow some things to escape damages.  If there is a need to quickly leave premises for safety – there will not be time to do some of these needful things that can make a difference

http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/27/us/hurricane-preparation/index.html

https://accuweather.brightspotcdn.com/91/03/305ed9474f5d84ada994289e6b9f/hurricane-preparedness-checklist.pdf

Below is another list that is actively circulating on Facebook

 1. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. REMEMBER to leave a small bit of space between the top of the water & the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer.
4. Fill up all vehicles & check tires & oil.
5. Cash from ATM, at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town.
6. All important docs screenshot & send to your email or cloud backup.  Take original media and place  in sealed bags or plastic bins. Cover & wrap all electronic equipment in waterproof plastic
7. Pet & livestock food & supplies. Vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Evacuation plans and share with family members so they know where you’re headed.
9. Consider putting heirlooms & photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.  And protect expensive electronic equipment in a similar fashion (computers, monitors, smart TV, etc) 
10. SECURE ALL FIREARMS & AMMUNITION PROPERLY.
11. Old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows & shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house NOW. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MANDATORY PERSONNEL (hospital employee or first responder).
13. If you don’t already have your hurricane supplies, you might want to get them now. Shelves are already empty in most places.
Additional tips:
14. Fill tubs with water for flushing if you aren’t on city water.
15. Pack dry clothes in heavy duty plastic bags so if you leave you at least have something dry to change into.
16. Put water in 2 liter bottles, like empty soda bottles and freeze them. They take a long time to thaw and are good to keep in freezer or put in frig to keep it cold when the power goes out

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