Storm Safety Tips
to prepare for Typhoon, Hurricane, Tsunami, Tornado & major storms
Common tips for home & business - Planning now may save lives and business •Currency (cash), enough to last for up to four to six weeks. Credit & Debit cards will not function with power out.
Banks will not be open as they will be without power as well. This is the # 1 issue after storm.
•Emergency plan in case of disaster: meeting places, evacuation sites, emergency contact number, etc. •Know where the closest hospital, fire station, police station, public harborage is at. Inform the family where to go! •If your property is at sea level or below sea level evacuate for sure. Get to the highest point on land you can find. Be sure
to call your work, family and friends where you are evacuating to. This is especially critical due to recent Tsunami events
we have seen in Taiwan, Japan and other Pacific Rim locations.
•Sealed plastic container with sealed plastic bags to store emergency supplies - frozen plastic water bottles •Flash lights with back up batteries in automobile, home, motor home and at work •Emergency medical kit with up to date supplies and any special prescription medicines that may needed •Find harborage for your pets – stock up on food and medicines for pets •Fill gasoline petro and diesel tanks in all vehicles, generator and equipment. Check oil or hydraulic levels! •Ample food and water for 7 to 10 days minimum. Two to three weeks if possible. Non perishable food. •Charged and accessible fire extinguisher in house and automobiles •Emergency power sources as deemed necessary: generators, pumps, gas engines, bob cat, etc. •Wet weather clothing, shoes, boots, hat and work gloves should you need to be outside. Rodent / insect repellant.
Personal protection equipment such as safety eye glasses, hard hat, ear plugs, safety shoes, etc.
•List of emergency phone numbers accessible to all family, insurance companies, banks and co-workers •Gather important documents IE: wills, trust, insurance policy, birth certificates, mortgage, bank info, etc. •Gather computer USB, CD, Backup Device, movable towers, etc. that contain critical data needed •Charged cell phone batteries and camera batteries. Camera available for documenting damage. •Battery operated radio and/or television with back up batteries •Fill refrigerator with plastic milk jugs filled with water. Freeze as many as possible 75% to top! Keep 20 or 30 gallon jugs
of potable water to shower with for 7 to 10 days after storm. (non drinking water)
•Extra propane for BBQ grill / stove. Put grill in garage or patio in case you need it for cooking. Caution: consider ventilation •Tools ready in a safe accessible area in order to do any emergency repairs. (hammers, shovels, plastic, tarp)
Wet vacuum or pumps are accessible. Be sure brooms rakes, pitchfork, chain saws, and hand saws ready.
•Knives / weapons / survival gear ready including snake bite kit, wasp sting kit, spider bite kit, etc. •Wet vacuum and / or pumps accessible. Brooms rakes, pitchfork, chain saws, ropes, lines and hand saws ready. •Sand bags are filled and ready for emergency use. Drainage run off trenches are prepared to protect buildings. Gutters
on building are clear and flowing. Tree branches over buildings are cut back.
•A plan to protect your windows and doors is in order with adequate supplies and materials to complete the task. Flying
objects breaking through windows is the # 1 cause to water damage. Flooding is #2. Ample plywood, screws, fasteners,
sealant, duct tape, etc. for covering & securing openings. Cover any openings prior to the storm that may be of concern,
leaving access to and from building.
•Unplug any valuable equipment from power sources that may be subject to electric surge damage: computers, televisions,
refrigerator, stereo, stove, dish washer, wine cooler, portable appliances, pool pumps, well pumps, washers/dryers, etc.
•Walk & canvas outside areas of building /property looking for objects or items that may be subject to wind such as patio
furniture, BBQ, trash cans, building materials, ladders, metal objects, tree limbs, toys, neighbors objects, etc. Look at all
neighbors’ property too.
•If you have vehicles, trailers, boats, equipment that must stay outside attempt to park them as close together as possible
in order to keep them secure and safe. Tie or secure them securely together with chains or ropes. Cross diagonal tie these
Kenneth Coffing, HRM, TCE, QM, QI, CPHA Healthcare Risk Manager, HRM Technical Civil Engineering, TCE Quality Management, QM Quality Inspection, QI Certified Public Healthcare Administrator, CPHI
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