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When You Know the Storm is Coming.

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We know there are all kinds of great lists out there, especially pertaining to emergency preparedness.  We love this one by blogger, Mike Smith, and wanted to share …

Get them done immediately!

  • Get prescriptions refilled now, especially if your doctor must approve the refill.
  • If you have a relative at home that requires electricity for life-assistance purposes, you will want to move he or she outside of the higher wind zone.
  • If you can get an electrician to install a generator, get it done. Do not try to install a generator yourself. 
  • If you don’t have a generator, get a power inverter or two. Radio Shack and similar stores sell them. They are a “poor man’s generator” and will keep your cell phone, laptop, and similar items charged. Tell the person in the store what you want to run off it so you get one of the right size. Do not try to run the inverter for hours at a time as that is tough on your car’s battery. Charge the cell phone (for example) and let the charge run all the way down, then use the inverter to recharge.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.
  • If you live in a 250-year flood plain (you can check at city hall or your library) or on the coast figure out your evacuation strategy now. Make your list of things you will take with you. Be prepared to leave at short notice.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could become airborne.
  • Fill a few gas cans (the type you would use for your mower) to have extra in the event of power failures.
  • Purchase extra food staples. Without power, stores will be closed. Things that require less preparation are better. Bottled water is especially important. Get a Coleman stove.
  • Purchase extra batteries for your cell phone and other essential equipment.
  • If you need insulin or other medicine that must be kept chilled make plans now.
  • Consider what you would do if you were without electricity for a two weeks. If you have an invalid living with you that requires electricity, there will be areas that will be without for weeks. Be proactive.
  • If you live in a heavily wooded area, does someone in your vicinity have a gasoline-powered chain saw? Does it have fuel and a reasonably good chain/blade? Test it, now.
  • Get to an ATM. Without power, credit card readers and ATMs will not be working. In a disaster, cash is king.
  • If you are in the high wind or flood area, thoroughly photograph your home and possessions now. You will need it for insurance purposes. This includes trees, shrubs, etc. Then, if using a digital camera, upload to internet so it will be there after the storm in case the worse happens. Be nice to insurance adjusters!

Whether you evacuate or not, stockpile some good books, magazines, board games and keep a good attitude. Look at this as one of life’s adventures.

There is nothing wrong with a few prayers!

(found on http://www.mikesmithenterprisesblog.com/ )

8 Ways to Appear that You are Home when You’re Away.

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Before you head out of town or to visit relatives, you may want to take some security precautions to keep your home safe – even if you have a security system.  Many home intrusions are considered crimes of convenience.  If a criminal thinks your home looks like an easy target, you might get a rude awakening when you return.  Enjoy peace of mind with these tips to make your home look occupied while you’re away:

  1. Ask a neighbor to help.  If you have a neighbor you can trust, work out a buddy system when one household is away.  Ask your neighbor to check your mail, water your plants, and check locks.  Criminals often look at mailboxes to determine whether a homeowner has been by the house recently.
  2. Turn on the radio. You may use satellite radio, your phone, or your television when you’re home, but a simple old-fashioned radio will do the trick when you’re gone.  Turn on a talk radio station loud enough that voices can be heard from outside the home.
  3. Keep a light on. Invest in some motion sensor lights outside and/or some timed interior lights that are scheduled to come on for a few hours at night.  Intruders prefer dark, empty-looking homes to target and can’t tell the difference between you turning on a light and a strategically placed timer.
  4. Check the phones. If you still receive calls through a landline, consider diverting calls to your cellphone or setting the ring on the lowest volume possible.  Phones ringing off the hook are a pretty good indicator that nobody is home.
  5. Reorganize your household schedule. You may think about your home’s cleaning service or landscaping schedule before you leave.  Do not leave a message on the front door.  Arrange for services beforehand or keep important numbers in your cell for a quick call on-the-go.
  6. Avoid posting on social media. Wait until you are home from vacation to post those great beach pictures or to detail the highlights of your adventures.  Unfortunately, many potential intruders could be people in your own network, and giving them updates about your whereabouts could be a go-ahead to ransack your home for valuables.
  7. Be wary of notifying the police. At one time, many experts recommended telling your local police department if you are away.  Today, it’s far too easy for the information you pass along to be stolen or hacked.  Only talk to police if you trust that your information will be secure.
  8. Invest in a modern alarm system. Today, home security systems are designed to keep up with the latest trends in home intrusion.  With some, you can even keep an eye on your home while you’re away through a secure, mobile portal.

 

(Original article found on allsecured.net)