Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.
This week, Hurricane Sandy made the lives for a lot of Americans on the northeast coast very miserable. There were high winds, tons of rain and a lot of property damage especially along the coast lines and New York City.
Having grown up in Pensacola, Florida; I am used to hurricanes and know what to do when a major storm is approaching. But for many people in the northeast, they rarely if ever have experienced a hurricane or know what to do when a hurricane is approaching.
So today I decided to blog a few common sense things for people to know about when it comes to dealing with a hurricane:
Follow the direction of local officials -- If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Know the forecast in your area -- Continue to monitor your NOAA Weather Radio and your local news for severe weather updates, warnings and watches. Follow your forecast at weather.gov on your computer or mobile.weather.gov on your phone.
Turn around, don't drown -- The potential for heavy rains can also lead to flooding, or flash flooding in some areas. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous.
Make final preparations -- If you're further inland, now is the time to make final preparations. Visit ready.gov and be ready for power outages and stock up on emergency supplies of food, water, medications, and other supplies.
Check on your neighbor -- Make sure they're ready, too.
Finding shelters -- Download the Red Cross Hurricane app (redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit redcross.org/find-help/shelter, or check your local media outlets. You should also register on redcross.org/safeandwell, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies.
Finally, you can download the FEMA smartphone app (fema.gov/smartphone-app) or text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Standard rates apply.
Donate blood -- If you don't live in an affected area, please consider donating blood, because numerous blood drives have been canceled as a result of the storm. To schedule a blood donation or for more information about giving blood or platelets, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
I am hoping most of you never have to deal with a hurricane. They can be very deadly forces of nature. But hopefully the above tips will help out if you do find a hurricane heading near where you live.
Keeping all of those on the northeast coast of the United States in our thoughts and prayers.
Hope you have a beary safe and great Thursday!
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,