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October 29, 2012

Home emergency checklist

The Gloucester Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sharing the following hurricane preparation tips for residents of Gloucester and across Cape Ann.

In addition, the checklist below outlines what you may need, should Gloucester and Cape Ann’s towns be hit with damaging winds and power outages.

Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.

Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.

Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.

Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.

Keep your vehicles fully fueled.

Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.

Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.

As to that Family Disaster Kit, here’s a checklist as to what it should include:

Cell Phone, charger (there are also emergency crank or battery powered cell phone chargers) and headset so you can talk hands free.

Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for drinking, plus an additional gallon for teeth brushing, bathing, cooking, etc.).

Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.

Flashlight and batteries.

Keep your vehicle fueled up. Get in the habit of not letting your gas tank get below half full. In an emergency, when it may be difficult or impossible to get fuel, you will be very thankful you have it.

Dry and canned foods and can opener (make sure the canned and packaged foods don’t have too much salt – they will make you more thirsty and with limited water around, that isn’t the best thing).

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