Tropical Storm Isaac
Okay, Folks, the word is that the latest named storm, Isaac, is tracking toward Gulf Coast Florida as early as next week.
Here is the update I received from the weather folks as of 1050 hours EDT today:
(NOTE: All this is old business to us, but the usual reminders for the sheep)
With the potential for Tropical Storm Isaac to impact west central
and southwest Florida by early next week... now is the time to take
precautions and secure your property. The following are some
suggestions for preparing for the storm.
Grocery stores may sell out of items soon. Stock up on...
batteries for radios and flashlights
canned or dried food and drinking water
first aid supplies
Cash... credit cards and atm's may not work without power
fuel for automobiles... generators and chain saws
Around the house...
store loose items such as trash cans or yard furniture
secure windows with shutters... boards... etc.
Make sure battery operated radios are working
move boat to a safe location
trim large trees that could fall on house
make sure valuable papers are secure
Make reservations now. Plan to evacuate if you live...
in a Mobile home
on the coast
in a low lying flood prone area
in a high rise
If you must evacuate to a public shelter remember to bring...
first aid kit
baby food and diapers
change of clothes
battery powered radio and extra batteries
sleeping bags or blankets
Remember... pets are not allowed in most public shelters. Check to
see if there is a pet friendly shelter in your area.
If you are staying at home...
turn refrigerator to maximum cold
turn off propane tanks
unplug small appliances
fill sterilized jugs and bottles with water for drinking
fill Bath tub and containers with water for sanitary purposes
When winds become strong...
stay away from windows
remain in a small interior room on the first floor
close all interior doors
secure and brace exterior doors.
Precautions outside your home should be started now while the
weather is still good. It may be impossible to work outside soon.
I will be updating this thread as events warrant. Stay Alert!