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Surviving The Storm 

by Robert Goodman
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Staying Home

When staying at home, it is recommended to stock up on enough food and supplies for at least two weeks. Remember that in all likelihood the power will go out. Get plenty of batteries and store food that does not need refrigeration. Plan on cooking on portable stoves If your loved one receives meals on wheels, request meals for a week or make arrangements for her to go someplace where she can receive the appropriate care during this time.

If your loved one depends on life support equipment or air conditioning, register him with the local power and telephone company, as well as the local disaster preparedness agency. If he uses oxygen, ask his supplier to give him portable tanks. Talk to a doctor and determine if he needs to be admitted to a hospital prior to the emergency. Again, make these calls now.

The local media will publish lists of supplies, which should be purchased in advance. Personalize that list by adding the items specific to the needs of yourself and your loved ones. Go over this list with them. Make sure there is enough medication and medical supplies to last the storm and its aftermath. All needed supplies should be stored so they are accessible and protected from possible water damage. Make a list of important numbers and keep it with you at all times.

Don't wait until the last minute, when time, supplies and spaces at facilities are running out. The closer the storm comes, the more difficult it is to get the information and assistance you need. Being prepared and making arrangements before the weatherman informs you of approaching danger are the best ways to insure the safety and well being of your family and loved ones.

Contact your local Office of Emergency Management, or Office of Public Safety, for the specific resources and information available for your area.

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