Update: If you live in NYC ZONE A (http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/downloads/pdf/hurricane_map_english.pdf) you must evacuate. Zone B should strongly consider it. I repeat, ZONE A MUST EVACUATE AS ORDERED BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG, don’t risk your life.
So Irene is mashing all over the East Coast so lets post some strats on how to parry that noob.
I will try to edit the thread as much as possible.
- If you live in an area vulnerable to flash floods you MUST evacuate. It’s like a fighting game, you’re winning and you don’t have much time left on the clock, there’s no shame in runaway to run out the clock and stay safe.
- A foot of water is enough to carry a car and it may be deeper than you think, don’t risk it.
- Taller buildings are at higher risk, you may have to evacuate to floors below 9 or 7, depending on the structural integrity of the building. Follow instructions and stay aware.
- If you happen to be on a train, only exit if instructed by official orders, aka train crew, police, etc. Watch out for that larger third rail. Also pay attention to see if any obstructions/damage to the third rail may put other areas at high voltage risk.
- Beware of lightning. If you’re indoors, remember that pipes and stuff can carry that ultra into your house, so be cautious of water faucets and stuff like that unless you want FREE written on your grave. If you’re outdoors, try to stay low to the ground and away from objects such as trees. Simply put, don’t try to be a lightning rod and don’t go near any either.
Basics to have:
- One gallon of drinking water per person per day.
- Non-perishable food. Don’t forget the can opener for canned stuff to avoid a FML moment.
- Store all important documents in safe waterproof container. Make copies and store copies in separate safe waterproof container.
- Battery operated AM/FM radio and flash light. Don’t forget extra batteries.
- First aid kit and other special care items.
- Map and contact list. If you have to evacuate, know where to go, how to get there, and who to contact.
- A backpack or something you can quickly take that can fit the above in case you have to get out.
- Bring items such as garbage cans indoor.
- If items are unsafe to bring inside, secure them properly.
- Continuous lightning storms will put not only your electrical devices but you at risk as well. Instead of using your faucets, have spare empty water gallon containers or those large plastic bottles from two liter+ soda or juice and store water in them. Be sure to have a lot of extra water (separate from drinking water) also in case your house might lose water. You will need some to quickly wash your hands (can keep the cap carefully partially on a 2 liter bottle or burn a small hole in it so you get a small steady stream) but the most important reason to have a lot extra would be to flush the toilet.
EDIT: Great tip from National Weather Service for NYC: Use your bath to store water to flush the toilet.
That’s off the top of my head so far. I’m not going to evacuate because my house is not vulnerable to floods but I will have to deal with other things that may result such as tornadoes, power outages, etc. I’m not too good at following the basic, so far what I have is a week worth of food and water for me and my pet. My pet can’t travel so I’m staying with him. I will probably experience a power outage Saturday night and it will probably take ConEd 2-4 days to restore and won’t be posting on SRK.