Hurricane Preparation 2013

By: Patrap , 9:32 PM GMT on May 21, 2013

It's time to dust off that family disaster plan, or in many cases, create one.

Keeping your family safe during a hurricane starts with proper planning. One in six Americans live along the eastern seaboard or the Gulf of Mexico, making hurricane preparation a must for many and their families.

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Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

What are the Hurricane Hazards?
What does it mean to you?
What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety

* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.

* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.


Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.


Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a Major Disaster for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster �second hand� through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.


* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.


* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans.

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17. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
2:16 AM GMT on May 24, 2013
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16. Patrap
6:56 PM GMT on May 23, 2013
Thanks Ken,that was Jan 15th.

: )
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15. ycd0108
6:54 PM GMT on May 23, 2013
Lookin' fine, Pat:
Happy Birthday!
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14. Patrap
4:36 PM GMT on May 23, 2013
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear
Oh, oh.

Oh, I been flying... mama, there ain't no denyin'
I've been flying, ain't no denyin', no denyin'

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Trying to find, trying to find where I've been.

Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Sure as the dust that floats high in June, when movin' through Kashmir.

Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear

When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way, you stay-yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down...
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there. Let me take you there

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13. Patrap
3:27 AM GMT on May 23, 2013
Thank you masshysteria.

All is well in NOLA here.

Mardi Gras Evening,

"Chocolate", for me B-day

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12. Patrap
9:36 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Robert Plant 'What Is And What Should Never Be' Newcastle 2013

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11. masshysteria
8:08 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Hiya Pat!

I echo most everyone in welcoming you back online! Hope your absence wasn't due to personal health related issues or within your family!

I've updated my link to your 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Info. on my blogsite, as parts of the Northeast have also recently experienced devastating hurricanes such as last October's "Sandy". Hope we all can escape from further weather-related or man-made devastation in the days ahead, as it's already been such a heart-breakingly brutal spring containing too many resulting deaths.
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10. Patrap
6:47 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Hiya Finn'....
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9. LakeWorthFinn
6:43 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
{{{Pat}}} - great to see your blog up! It's time.
I only need more batteries and my preps are done.

Godspeed to Portlight!
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8. Patrap
5:26 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Thanks for that mikatnight.
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7. mikatnight
5:24 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Added link to this page (Hurricane Preparation 2013) to the Before, During & After page of the Hurricane Protocol 2013 guide.

Thanks Pat. Good post.
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6. mikatnight
5:07 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
One of the 150 or so videos found in the 'Tracks of Life' (the world's most overboard playlist) link found on my blog site. Especially apropos after a catastrophic event...


We had an apartment in the city
Me and Loretta liked living there
It'd been years since the kids had grown
A life of their own, left us alone

John and Linda live in Omaha
And Joe is somewhere on the road
We lost Davy in the Korean war
And I still don't know what for, don't matter anymore

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger
And old rivers grow wilder every day
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello"

Me and Loretta, we don't talk much more
She sits and stares through the back door screen
And all the news just repeats itself
Like some forgotten dream that we've both seen

Someday I'll go and call up Rudy
We worked together at the factory
But what could I say if asks, "What's new?"
Nothing, what's with you? Nothing much to do

Ya' know that old trees just grow stronger
And old rivers grow wilder every day
Old people just grow lonesome
Waiting for someone to say, "Hello in there, hello"

So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello"
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5. Patrap
1:21 AM GMT on May 22, 2013
Conference Agenda

The Getting It Right Conference

Shelter and Transportation Accessibility for People With Disabilities

Meeting the Specific Needs of the Underserved, Unserved and Forgotten People.

June 3 – 5, 2013

The Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA


Portlight’s mission includes providing for the needs of people with disabilities, especially in times of catastrophe. It is our hope that we can become a touchstone not just for those we serve, but for those who provide disaster relief to their communities.


Promote a new, deep interest in learning about the other community and promotion of inclusive design in emergency management planning.


Monday, June 3, 2013

4:00pm – 6:30pm – Registration

6:30pm – 6:40pm - Welcome, Overview & Conference Expectations, Paul Timmons, Executive Director, Portlight Strategies, Inc.

6:40pm – 7:40pm- Dinner (Provided)

7:40pm–8:30pm- Dr. Jeff Masters, Chief Meteorologist, Weather Underground

Dr. Masters co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. He’ll discuss current weather and environmental trends, and why we can expect to see more storms like Sandy

Tuesday June 4, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am- Continental Breakfast (Provided)

9:00am – 9:05am- Paul Timmons, Board Chair, Portlight Strategies

9:05am – 9:35am- Susan Dooha, Exec. Dir., Center for Independence of the Disabled New York

9:35am – 9:50am- Alejandra Ospina and Nick Dupree Disability community activists and New York City residents, sharing their Sandy experience.

9:50am – 10:05am- Break

10:05am – 11:15am- Michele Kaplan, Documentary Filmmaker.

Presenting a film on how the New York and New Jersey disability community fared during Sandy.

11:15am – 11:30am- Syd London, Professional Photographer.

Her photo essay on post-Sandy NYC will be on display in the room.

11:30am – 12:00pm- Lex Frieden

12:00pm – 1:00pm- Lunch (Provided)

1:00pm – 1:45pm- Panel Discussion: Transportation

Presenters will discuss challenges and solutions in designing transportation plans that would easily accommodate members of the disability community.

1:45pm – 2:30pm-Panel Discussion: Shelter Accommodations

Cross section of members of the disability community who will be explaining what they would need to survive in a shelter for 3-5 days.

2:30pm – 2:45pm- Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm- Hands on Table Top Exercise X 3

Three modules will be presented: Accessing the shelter, Living at the shelter and Receiving care at the shelter.

3:45pm – 5:15pm- American Red Cross

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

8:00am – 9:00am- Continental Breakfast (Provided)

9:00am – 9:20am- Surprise

9:20am – 9:30am- Marcie Roth

9:30am – 9:40am- Mark Johnson

9:40am – 10:10am- GEMINI

10:10am – 10:50am- Positive Solutions

Discussion on solutions and tools for the future and the TRUE (TRAINING, RESPONSE, UNDERSTANDING AND EMPOWERMENT) ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM.

10:50am – 11:00am- Paul Timmons- closing remarks

We are so glad that you will be joining us for this exciting new endeavor!


Portlight Stratgies, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1997 is very much a grassroots organization. We facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief projects. From small beginnings are great works accomplished. Small acts of kindness can make a great difference in the world and it is in this spirit that Portlight does the work that we do. We rely on people to do the right thing when that thing needs to be done.

Portlight Strategies also has outreach programs, like TRUE SHELTER ACCESSIBILITY, working hard to help prepare before disaster strikes, providing assistance in preparing shelters for times of need. In addition we also have partnerships and friendships with many other organizations like, Team Rubicon, and the kindness of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, The Kessler Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Americares, and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

Portlight Strategies, Inc.

60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721

Johns Island, SC 29455

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4. Patrap
1:21 AM GMT on May 22, 2013
Join us in Atlanta


Portlight Strategies, Inc. in partnership w/ Brain Dance & Weather Underground is pleased to announce: The Getting It Right Conference: Shelter & Transportation Accessibility for People with Disabilities. We will bring together the disability community with community first responders to dispel false information & facilitate discussion of the real needs of the community with respect to evacuation and sheltering; draw upon the recent, first-hand experience of people with disabilities, & disaster responders, to define the issues we face, & launch a collaborative effort to address them proactively;
focus on simple, easily executable solutions for evacuation transportation & short-term shelter for all people with disabilities, addressing issues of mobility, communication, & cognition; and identify key points to address in planning guidelines & training materials, to be compiled after the conference & incorporated with our TRUE Shelter preparedness program.

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3. Patrap
11:55 PM GMT on May 21, 2013
Thanks KoritheMan,

..good to be back in the seat here.
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2. KoritheMan
11:51 PM GMT on May 21, 2013
It's that time of the year and all...

Good to see you again, Pat. Missed ya over here and at Facebook.
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1. Patrap
11:29 PM GMT on May 21, 2013

My love is in league with the freeway
Its passion will ride, as the cities fly by
And the tail-lights dissolve, in the coming of night
And the questions in thousands take flight
My love is a-miles in the waiting
The eyes that just stare, and the glance at the clock
And the secret that burns, and the pain that grows dark
And it's you once again
Leading me on - leading me down the road
Driving beyond - driving me down the road
My love is exceedingly vivid
Red-eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles
Distance and longing, my thoughts do provide
Should I rest for a while at the side
Your love is cradled in knowing
Eyes in the mirror, still expecting they'll come
Sensing too well when the journey is done
There is no turning back - no
There is no turning back - on the run
My love is in league with the freeway
Oh the freeway, and the coming of night-time
My love is in league with the freeway
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