Student Life

Hurricane Preparedness

With Hurricane Sandy set to hit the east coast, it’s certainly a good idea to know how to prepare for the impending storm.  For many students, this may be their first time dealing with a storm on their own, so it’s important to know how to plan.

The first thing you need is emergency supplies, in case you lose power and are unable to leave home for a few days.  As FEMA suggests, it’s a good idea to prepare for at least three days.  In a basic kit they suggest a supply of water (at least one gallon of water per person per day), a supply of non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand crank radio, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, and a cell phone with a charger.

Before the storm hits, it’s a good idea to keep up with the weather reports and regularly check updates for your area.  You may also want to check with your landlord beforehand to see if you are living in a flood-prone area, as this may require you to be evacuated.

You will also want to keep in mind to take in any furniture or belongings that are outside, and, if you can, move your vehicle out from under trees.  This will prevent any property damage.

Overall, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on the status of the storm, as well as prepare yourself for any loss of power to your home.  In some cases, you may have to be evacuated from your home, so make sure to be prepared, especially if you’re living in a flood prone area.

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“Hurricanes” from FEMA