While promoting adventure and exploration is what we do here at Expedition Georgia, we also strive to provide useful information for everyday life. With Hurricane Irma getting ready to bear down on the South Georgia coast, and possibly all the way up to the metro Atlanta area, we thought we could provide some last minute tips on how to be better prepared for the storm.
As a member of the preparedness industry, it’s Expedition Georgia’s co-owner, David Yates’ job to get people prepared for the unexpected, so here are a few things he suggests you do before Irma hits.
First and foremost, having an adequate supply of water, not only for drinking but also for hygiene is essential for riding out any emergency scenario. Any interruption in the water delivery system could leave you in a bind if you are not prepared. We recommend one gallon per day per person for drinking, plus an additional gallon per person per day for washing and cleaning. In addition to water, you’re going to need to eat, storing at least 1500 calories per person per day is recommended. While stocking up on MREs is great, make sure your body is able to handle these foods so you don’t end up worse off than when you started. Make sure you address any special diets or allergies when gathering food stores for your emergency kit. With food and water handled, now you can focus on things like first aid kits, flashlights with extra batteries, emergency weather radios, etc.
To recap, here’s a checklist:
- Have one gallon of water per person per day of drinking water (three day supply).
- Have at least 1500 calories per person per day of food.
- Have weather radios, flash lights, and charging devices w/ extra batteries
- Make sure gas tanks are topped off and have extra if running a generator.
- Don’t forget any extra food and water for pets
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery