Sunday, August 28, 2011

Show Notes From Episode 7 - Hurricane Preparedness


Here are my show notes that I used during the broadcast - review & enjoy...



As Irene approaches, some of us still have some time to get a few last minute things done.  Others, may have to get by with what is on hand right now.  This week’s podcast is meant not only for this storm, but for the entire season.  Every year Maritime Canada is affected by about 4 hurricanes and even Quebec & Ontario can feel the impact on occasion, albeit rarely.  Many of tonight’s tips will also apply to tornadoes & earthquakes, so you listeners in central & western provinces should pay attention too.   This podcast is not only about what easterners should be doing right now, or should already have done, but a general list of what any Canadian can do to prepare for storms, earthquakes, or any other emergency situation.  True, Tornadoes & earthquakes strike with no warning, but the preps you will be reminded about here tonight can be thought about for the future.

At the current time, Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm with wind speeds of 39 – 73 MPH (62 – 117 KmPH) and is set to contact eastern Canada in a matter of hours.  If you haven’t gotten your preps ready, do it right now.  By about 8AM est, the storm should be about on the Canada / US border, giving some of us a couple hours at best to do a last second supply run.  Here are some things you can do right now.
·        Gas for generator – visit a nearby gas station and get a few gallons of gas for the genny.  Fuel up and test start your generator and have it at the ready.
·        If you have a late night grocery or corner store, stock up on milk, water, and any other last second items you may be short on.
·        Check your house &  yard for lose items lying around.  Secure debris, garbage, gardening tools, bicycles etc.    If it’s not tied down, tie it down or bring it into the garage, shed, or house.
·        DO NOT GO OUT ONCE THE STORM HITS!  Flying debris, falling tree branches, and the weather itself, like lightning or flash floods can kill you.
·        If you have boards or plywood for the windows, get ready to put them up EARLY in the morning.
Things to Gather – Lighting
·        flashlights, lanters, batteries – check them to make sure they work and charge any rechargeable batteries now.
·        Oil lamps – check oil levels & fill as needed.  Light them and trim wicks if need be.
·        Propane or Naptha lanterns – check fuel levels, light them & replace mantles if need be.
·        Candles – get them into holders, if new, light them to start the wicks.  ALWAYS BE CAREFULL WHEN USING CANDLES OR LAMS & LANTERNS.
·        Keep matches handy at all times. 
·        Place lighting in convenient places like next to beds.
Cooking –
·        Camp stoves – check fuel levels & fill if need be.  Test your stove to make sure it works.  ALWAYS BE CAREFULL WHEN USING CAMP STOVES.
·        NEVER use bbq’s or volcano stoves indoors.  Use outdoors only after the storm has passed.
·        Use campstoves in a well ventilated area.

Communications –
·        Charge cell phones.
·        Prepare FRS radios with fresh batteries, & discuss what channels you will be using if you need to.
·        Have a small AM/FM radio handy & plenty of batteries ready.  Avoid using tape or CD features as this will drain batteries quickly.  Use AM band for local information and FM band for entertainment.
·        Call your out of town contact and let them know you are bugging in.  Tell them you will call when the storm passes...then DO IT!
·        Check your weather radio and batteries.  Turn it on and leave it on as of right now.  Place it where you can hear the warnings & keep it with you if you move around the house.

Be evacuation ready –
·        Check & replenish supplies in bug out bags.  If your home is damaged, you may have to leave in a hurry.
·        Have plenty of non perishable food & water ready to go with you.
·        Be ready to turn off utilities such as power,water & gas.  Keep the tools to do so near the shut off point.
General Preps –
·        Gather water.  Fill empty soda bottles, water carriers, even your bathtub.  Use any food grade containers you can find to store up as much drinking water as possible.
·        To conserve water, use alcohol based hand cleaner.
·        Turn down the temps on fridges & freezers to get them as cool as possible.  Refrain from opening the door if not needed to conserve cold air before & after the power goes out.
·        Make or buy ice blocks to use in coolers or in your fridge to help keep things from spoiling.
·        If the power goes out, use perishable foods first, but keep in mind, if in doubt, throw it out.
·        Prescription meds should be gathered and a few day’s supply kept on your person.
·        Have sturdy clothing at hand and on your back.  You may have to work to clear downed trees & debris after the storm.  Or , god forbid, deal with it during the storm, such as a tree branch breaking through a window or roof.
Generators -
·       fuel & check your generator before you need to use it.
·       Let your generator cool a few minutes before refilling & never refill it while running.
·       Start your generator with no load.  Then connect & activate loads one at a time starting with the most demanding load.
·       Make sure to place your generator away from windows & vents to keep fumes from entering the house.
·       Make sure your generator is protected from rain while in use.
Jack Layton –
·        Died Aug.22 from complications due to cancer.
·        In 2010 election, decimated the separatist Bloque Quebecois party in Quebec.
·        Virtually replaced the Liberal party.
·        Campaigned on Family & common man issues, promising a true government of the people.

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