Hurricane Irma is slated to make her way into Georgia late Sunday afternoon. If you’re planning on staying home, there is still plenty of time to prepare.
Here are a few things you can do ahead of time:
- Place your furniture on books, aluminium cooking dishes, or paint cans if you’re expecting flooding
- Fill gallon ziplop bags with water and freeze them. You can drink the water AND it will help keep your food colder longer, whether storing in a freezer or a cooler
- Fill your bathtubs with water
- Use your dishwasher to secure photos and important documents. – It’s waterproof, sturdy, and protected by a cabinet
- Use duct tape to seal your garage door to the floor. Any little bit helps
- Stay dressed and keep your shoes on – or close, so you can get to them in a hurry
- Have your important documents and items in one bag in a an easy-to-reach location
- Have a white sheet available to flag help, if necessary during flooding
- Map escape paths in your home. Know which ones will work in different scenarios
- Make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, sporting equipment and other outdoor items are stored away if a storm is heading your way.
Do not use generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices indoors or in enclosed or partially enclosed areas such as garages, even with doors or windows open.
In the aftermath of a storm, most people want to get straight to cleaning, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
- If your food looks questionable, throw it out.
- If water gets to your electrical outlets or if you evacuate, trip your main breaker. People have been electrocuted walking knee deep in water.
- Wear hard soled shoes and gloves if you wade in water
- Do NOT light a match or candles until the possibility of a gas leak has been eliminated
- When cleaning, never mix bleach and ammonia
- Do what you can to ventilate the house and dry out what you can
Follow direction of emergency personnel and do not return home until you’re told it is safe to do so.
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Of course these are just suggestions and AllOnGeorgia cannot guarantee the success as each home will vary by impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected and soon-to-be affected.