Thursday, September 22, 2005

Hurricane Rita

I am officially in the state of panic. Here are some important resources and information for everyone.

Evacation Routes

Rita's Path and Effects on Bexar County

Don't know what you need? Matt Hardigree has that figured out for you.
Bottled Water
D Batteries

Then you're going to have to drive away from town or get up early in the morning. Speaking of early in the morning, the sooner you start at daylight, the easier it is going to be to get somewhere. One overturned 40' sailboat can block a highway.

Here's a good example of a hurricane surival kit from the City of Tampa:
· Two weeks supply of prescription medicines
· Two weeks supply of non-perishable/special dietary foods. Buy plenty of nonperishable foods, because there won't be any refrigeration.
· Drinking water/containers: 1 gallon per person per day for two weeks. It's a good idea to sterilize the bathtub and fill it with water just before the storm.
· Flashlights and batteries for each member of the family Energizer makes a new flashlight that can adjust to use multiple batteries.
· Portable radio and (7 sets) batteries (so you can listen to the game, and AM 740, the Houston EAS channel)
· First aid book and kit including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compress, non aspirin pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medication
· Mosquito repellent and citronella candles
· Two coolers (one to keep food; the other to go get the ice)
· Plastic tarp for roof/window repair, screening, tools, nails, etc.
· Water purification kits (tablets, chlorine (plain) and iodine)
· Infant necessities (medication, sterile water, diapers, ready formula, bottles)
· Clean up supplies (mop, buckets, towels, disinfectant)
· Camera and film (keep track of what gets damaged for insurance purposes).
· Non-electric can opener (doubles as a bottle opener)
· Extra batteries for camera, portable TV & lamps, etc.
· Plastic trash bags
· Toilet paper, paper towels and pre-moistened towelettes,

Stay safe, stay off the roads, and stay dry.


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