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As much of the East coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, many people in the areas hit by Hurricane Irene, are still trying to rebuild their lives. Sandy is currently barreling up the East coast and public officials have already declared a State Of Emergency in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and New York City. Being prepared is the first step in dealing with a hurricane. Flooding and power outages are predicted for many states, and evacuations have already been put into effect.

If Sandy is headed to your area, you should have a hurricane kit containing food and clothing that could last from 3 to 7 days. Your kit should include any important documents, prescription medications, hygiene items, and cash. Everything should be placed in a plastic bag to protect it from flooding. In addition to packing your hurricane kit, here are some additional, and critical, supplies to have on hand before a hurricane hits:

  • At least a 3-day and preferably a 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Formula, diapers, and other baby supplies
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines
  • Toiletries
  • Cell phones and battery-powered cell phone chargers
  • Battery-powered radios and flashlights
  • Plenty of batteries
  • Extra cash
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games (especially if evacuating)

Be prepared and be safe!

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