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Preparing for the storm

Friday, September 2, 2011 - 5:39am

We are tracking the storm system developing in the Gulf of Mexico right now. Labor Day weekend is going to be a wash-out, so what can you do today to get ready? The American Red Cross responds to major weather events across the globe - and they say there are just three things you need to do to be prepared for a big storm.

1.Get a kit – include:
-Water - a gallon a day per person

-Food - anything in a container will do, like tuna fish, peanut butter, crackers and canned fruit. You'll need a can opener too.

-Electronics - a battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, cell phone charger for your car and batteries

-First aid kit – don’t forget about prescriptions and medical supplies, like extra headring aid batteries and syringes.

-Copies of important papers, like your birth certificate, insurance policies and social security card.

-Cash - ATM's and credit cards won't work if the power is out.

-Supplies for your pet - gather their food, leash, collar, and i-d tags

2. A plan. You probably won't have to leave your home for this storm, but it's never too early to prepare. Here are the basics

-Talk to your family about what you would do in case of a sudden emergency, like flash flooding or a tree falling onto your house. Pick a spot outside of the house for family members to meet if you have to get out fast. This is also a good fire plan.

-Make sure your pets have a safe place to go if you have to leave. Animals are usually not allowed in shelters so call around to find out which hotels are pet friendly and which vets or kennels will be open this weekend for boarding. Have your vet email or print a copy of your pet's medical records; they can't be boarded without it.

-Choose one person to check in with and tell the rest of your family that's the go-to for information. It's better if that person is out of town, because local phone lines are usually overloaded or out of service during a disaster.

3. Be informed. NBC33 News will have the latest information on our newscasts, and online at and facebook.

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