Below is a message from the U.S. Department of Commerce:
As Hurricane Earl bears down on the East Coast, it's a good time for each of us to think about our disaster
preparedness plans both for at work and for our family (even if we don't live on the East Coast).
First, a few basics. If bad weather is approaching, pay attention to the weather reports, do not drive
through running water, update your family communication plan (how you would contact each other if you were
separated during an emergency), and update your emergency supply kit.
If you are a member of a business or organization's Continuity of Operations (COOP) Team, do you have the
materials you need to perform your job during an emergency? Have you updated your contact information?
Do you have a family emergency plan so that your family would be taken care of if you had to work at an
To help you create a family disaster plan, the Ready America website (www.ready.gov) contains information
you and your family can use. The website advises that you and your family "may need to survive on your
own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient
quantity to last for at least three days. "
Ready America also details how to prepare your family emergency supply kit at:
http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html. Recommended items include:
* Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
* Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
* Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* First aid kit
* Whistle to signal for help
* Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air, as well as plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
* Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
* Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
* Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
* Local maps
* Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also provides guidance on preparations to take before, during and after a hurricane at:
Additionally, FEMA has an extensive list of natural hazards that affect the U.S., and what to do in each situation - before, during, and after a disaster. This valuable information can be found at: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/types.shtm
Other preparendess information can be found on the preparedness page of this web site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/?n=preparednes
Hurricane information can be found on the National Hurricane Center's web site at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/