From Frugivore — Preparing for Hurricane Irene is fundamentally important for residents and tourists on the Eastern seaboard this weekend. Even though natural disasters illuminate the grave and inherent public safety deficiencies in most American cities, this fact shouldn’t discourage people taking the proper precautions to insure their safety and the safety of others, which may mitigate the unnecessary suffering that we all witnessed in post-Katrina New Orleans.
If the Hurricane hits New York City, in particular, the damage predicted will be a once in a lifetime event, which — with the rapidly increasing pace of climate change — will certainly become a more frequent event if we don’t push our leaders to take nature’s warnings much more seriously.
New York has a poor population of non-drivers comparable to the levels in New Orleans, which made it very difficult for many residents to evacuate. If you know someone without the means to transportation, carpooling will help many residents leave and encourage solidarity and compassion among others to help their fellow citizens.
In any event, here are some basic tips for our East Coast sisters and brothers, courtesy of Eco Razzi and the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
- Lighting: Get yourself some candles, matches, batteries and if you don’t have one already, a flashlight. Power outages can cause you to be in the dark for hours, days, or even weeks. No joke.
- Bottled Water: I know. Normally on Ecorazzi we rage against the stuff, but sometimes in a big storm, you can lose access to drinkable water. To be more eco-friendly about it, buy at least gallon sized containers. They produce less garbage than lots of little bottles. Or, you can do what I’m doing. Take all your jugs and fill them up with tap water in advance so you have some good ol’ fashion tap water at the ready.