An image provided by NOAA is an infrared colorized view of Hurricane Irene as it advances towards the East Coast was made by the GOES satellite Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011. Irene could hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Saturday afternoon with winds around 115 mph (185 kph). It’s predicted to chug up the East Coast, dumping rain from Virginia to New York City
Hurricane Health Prep Tips – Hurricane Irene
Advanced Rx – Get your prescriptions filled ahead of time and have a list on hand of the medications, including your dosage, and a list of any known allergies. Store insulin or any liquid antibiotics on ice during prolonged power failures and remember to stock up on non-prescription medicine like aspirin and antacids.
Stay Connected – Create a list of your doctors and their contact information. Know how to reach them in case of an emergency.
Relax – Mother Nature can cause stress. Before the storm arrives, try to relax. Before predicted storms, engage in activities that help you de-stress – this may include exercise or just spending fun time with your family. After the storm passes give yourself a mental vacation, talk about your experience or spend time with family.
Take A Look – Something you may not think about is having an extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts along with the proper cleaning solution on hand. Also remember to have hearing-aid batteries, wheelchair batteries and oxygen if necessary. Prepare a list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers and make sure medical insurance and Medicare cards are in a safe place.
Stick Together – Arrange for someone to check on you before and after the storm. Also, ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance.
Get Comfortable – Remember to stock up on extra clothing and bedding for all members of the family for at least one night. Make sure all extra blankets and clothing are clean and washed ahead of time.
Be Prepared – Items such as bandages, soap, gloves, antiseptic, thermometer and tweezers are all great items to include in your first-aid kit. Every family should prepare to be self-sufficient for a period of 1 – 5 days without aid from stores, government or the medical system.
Keeping it Clean – Stocking up on toilet paper and feminine products are essential. Add plastic bags and twist ties for once these products are used. Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent and household chlorine bleach products should also be on hand.
Infant Essentials – Remember diapers and wipes as well as other special items for young children. Formula, powdered milk, medicines and plenty of sanitized bottles are also great to have on hand.
Stay Organized – As always have plenty of bottled water and non-perishable food on hand. The National Hurricane Center recommends having at least one gallon of water daily per person for three to seven days.