Preparing for the news of Irma’s track

Published on September 06, 2017 with 1 Comment


Currently, residents within the city are waiting for news of the massive Hurricane Irma, whether she will dare to tread into the Gulf of Mexico or stay the course predicted earlier by officials, which place her landfall on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, and traveling northeast.

We are monitoring the beast Irma, waiting and watching, settling on a plan to take care of our residents should the worst happen. We will be ready.

We who remember the storm, who’s name also began with the letter “I”, Hurricane Ivan that long ago September 2004, 

Pamela Holt, public information officer for the city of Milton

recall the heat, the mud, the devastation along the city and the bay. We remember Hurricane Dennis the following year, the wind damage and loss of trees. Those are snapshots which are embedded in my mind. I will never forget.

Today, many are purchasing supplies, stocking up, just in case. It’s the smart thing to do on beautiful almost-fall days, when you look out into the east and know there is a storm. Is it coming to Milton? Will we in the city of Milton be affected? We don’t know yet. Now, we wait. But we’ll be ready. Here’s a list to help organize your thoughts and prepare:

List of supplies

— A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
— Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
— A can opener.
— Flashlight(s).
— A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
— Extra batteries.
— A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
— A small fire extinguisher.
— A seven-day supply of medications.
— A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
— Cell phones and chargers.
— Contact information for the family.
— A sleeping bag for each person.
— Extra cash.
— A map of the area.
— Baby supplies.
— Pet supplies.
— Wet wipes.
— A camera (to document storm damage).
— Insect repellent.
— Rain gear.
— Tools and supplies for securing your home.
— Plastic sheeting.
— Duct tape.
— Dust masks.
— An extra set of house keys.
— An extra set of car keys.
— Household bleach.
— Paper cups, plates and paper towels.
— Activities for children.
— Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.

What to do after the storm arrives

— Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
— Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
— Use the Facebook Safety Check to let family and friends know you’re safe.
— If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
— Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads, fallen trees and washed out bridges.
— Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
— Stay out of any building that has water around it.
— Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents for insurance purposes.
— Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
— Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
— Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
— Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
— Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
— Use the telephone only for emergency calls

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  1. Thanks for the heads up

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