To get prepared for Hurricane Irene, there are items that New Yorkers should have on hand, in anticipation of the rain and wind — and the problems associated with both — that is expected this weekend.
The two that tops all hurricane or emergency preparedness lists are:
• Water. This is No. 1 on most lists. The Red Cross suggests a three-day supply or one gallon per person per day.
• Food. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. (Throw in a can opener if your non-perishable food comes in can form.)
But from here the lists can vary. Most recommend you have these items on hand to prepare for a hurricane:
• Extra batteries for radios and for flashlights. NOAA even suggests an extra charged battery for your cellphone. NYC’s Office of Emergency Management went a step further and suggested New Yorkers dust off their old land lines since they don't rely on electricity.
• Cash and coins. If power goes out, ATMs and credit card machines may not work.
• A first aid kit and any medication. New York State recommends bandages, gauze pads, aspirin, ointment and a thermometer, among other things.
• Personal hygiene items and towelettes.
• The Red Cross also suggests having a map of the area, an extra set of car keys and house keys, as well as extra clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes, ready to go.
• You should also gather up baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food and diaper) and pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier and bowl), if you have either or both.
• Ready America recommends a whistle in case you need to signal for help and some tools, like a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary.
• The Weather Channel, which knows a thing or two about weather-related disasters, suggested gathering together important family documents: telephone numbers, financial and insurance reports and an inventory of valuable household goods.
One thing that didn’t make the Weather Channel list, though, was candles because they can cause a lot of fires after disasters.
Lastly, most lists recommend games, books or toys to help pass the time.
What would you include in your hurricane emergency kit? Let us know below.