So.... I am bringing this post back up exactly as it was, except for putting this top portion in and a picture of Hurricane Sandy's forecast.
Hurricane Sandy's projected track.
- Store Water (as much as you can), fill up your bathtub for "working" water. Fill up every container you can.
- candles (many)
- food - canned - anything that does not need cooking - peanut butter, cereal, beef jerky, canned vegs, crackers, cookies/sweets/hard candy, canned beans (lots of protein), nuts, dehydrated milk, tuna fish in oil not water (more calories, which will be needed), no diet or low calorie stuff, get all high calorie items,
- manual can opener
- ice in ice chest
- freeze water in plastic bottles right now, so they are part of your ice chest and helps keep things cold and you have it to drink later
- cook as much as you can in your freezer NOW - it will all go to waste and you will not be able to cook it, if there is no electricity or gas after the hurricane. Cook your meats and everything and refreeze it Today so it is in a frozen state at the beginning in a ice chest after the hurricane passes. This gives you a few days of having that food.
- battery or wind up (better) short wave and regular radio
- extra propane tanks for grills - or extra charcoal for grills (to be able cook)
- generator (can not use it in an enclosed room) it has to be able to be outside (balcony), otherwise don't even think about it.
- extra gas stored (if you have a generator or vehicle)
- First aid kit. Have hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, band aids, etc.
- get huge packages of "Wet Ones" (diaper wipes) so you do not have to use water for your hands or cleaning yourself.
- antibacterial gel (get a lot) for your hands, instead of using water.
- Chlorine - to use to sanitize water and anything else
- vitamins (get multi ones) so you have the needed minerals and nutrients that you can not get from eating and keeping your body strong
- medicines (diabetes, blood pressure, etc) that you need and can not live without. Call your doctor TODAY and ask for prescriptions and get them filled immediately!
- copy all your bank statements, stocks, money market accounts today, put it somewhere safe - on a USB drive, hard paper copy to prove what you have. Also put all your important papers in plastic bags and somewhere deep within your place for safe keeping.
- (last thing) if you have time - put your photos in plastic bags and in a closet deep inside your place
- pet food
- cards/games/books - for having something to do for kids, if stuck inside for any duration
Video - Short About "The Longest Night" movie about Hurricane Hugo hitting St. Croix - aftermath worst than storm - no communication, no way to get out, no help, lawlessness etc.
FYI - (I decided to add a few bits of my experience on St. Croix after the Hurricane - to help people understand, it is better to evacuate than to stay where a hurricane is going to hit)
The lawlessness after hurricane Hugo was unbelievable on St. Croix. People began looting all the stores and then after a couple of days, began going house to house looting. We barricaded ourselves as best as we could in the torn apart place we were sheltering in at that time and had gone through the hurricane in. We had no doors or windows and only a partial roof left. We had a run in with people with machetes. My friend had a gun so the gun won out and the machete people backed down. It can become very crazy (mad max from thunderdome type situations) after a hurricane. Look at New Orleans and it's lawlessness as the most recent event. I am thankful in St. Croix (though it took many days for any outside help to come to the island), that we didn't have U.S. Marshals coming and confiscating our guns, as they did in New Orleans, because a gun had saved us against machetes.
(SQA note - I believe it was more than 3 days - as the 3rd day is when we barricaded ourselves in the house - I remember it taking a week, we heard the military took so long due having to be ready of what they thought would be actual combat on the island) Three days of near-anarchy followed Hugo's terrible passage during the night of Sept. 17-18 and prompted President Bush to dispatch about 1,100 Army military police and 170 federal law-enforcement officers, including 75 FBI agents and a "special operations group" of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Their deployment Sept. 21 quickly quelled what the Federal Bureau of Investigation called in court documents here "pervasive looting" on St. Croix, the worst hit of the territory's three main islands.
As many as 90 percent of the island's buildings were damaged, communications and transportation were knocked out and, for a time, St. Croix's 55,000 people were simply cut off from the world.
Maj. Gen. Robert Moorehead, commander of the Virgin Islands National Guard, said of the scene on the morning after the storm, "In all my military experience, I had never seen anything like it. It appeared to me that we had been the victims of a nuclear blast."
The plunder started on the day after the Sunday night storm, as panicky islanders sought to stock up on food. It quickly degenerated into a free-for-all grab of all sorts of consumer goods that some witnesses likened to a "feeding frenzy." With no police or National Guard members attempting to restore order, many looters stole merchandise and trashed stores.
Although personal violence was rare, some occurred. An American dentist was struck on the head with a 2-by-4 while trying to photograph looting, and one alleged looter was fatally shot by a store owner in Frederiksted. The best-organized merchants proved to be Palestinian immigrants who took up arms and manned rooftops and barricades to defend their stores. (SQA note - I remember that so well - no one touched their grocery store - mid island, there were many of them, standing on the roof top with lots of guns)