Be ready if hurricane comes our way, says Red Cross

PHILADELPHIA, PA.; August 24, 2011

The Red Cross advises residents to keep tabs on the latest forecasts, and talk with those in your household to make a disaster and evacuation plan. Planning and practicing minimizes confusion if a storm occurs.

If the forecast does call for a tropical storm or worse, bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles or lawn furniture.

Stock up on any of the supplies listed below.

Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest setting, and keep them closed as much as possible, so that food will last longer if the power goes out.

What to keep on hand:

* Water - a 3-day supply, at least. Figure on a gallon per person per day

*Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food

* Flashlight

* Battery-powered or hand-crank radio

* Extra batteries

* First aid kit

* Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

* Multi-purpose tool

* Sanitation and personal hygiene items

*Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

* Cell phone with chargers

* Family and emergency contact information

* Extra cash

* Emergency blanket

* Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

* Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

* Tools/supplies for securing your home

* Extra set of car keys and house keys

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