Hurricane safety for when the power goes out
Posted by: KC Orcutt
Published on: August 30th, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Although our location in Albany makes us less prone to being hurricane victims, as you all know, we still see our fair share of rough weather.
With the recent Hurricane Isaac bearing down on the Gulf Coast, CNN put together a helpful list of tips of what to do to stay safe and healthy during a hurricane.
When the lights go out, it is advised to:
Manage your medications – First things first, just because the power is out doesn’t mean you should abandon other routines, such as taking prescription medicine. If you’re on a time schedule, find a watch that works to help you manage your schedule. Medicine doses and information ideally should be prepared in advance, or stored in a place you can easily access. For diabetics, make sure you have a snack stash on hand.
Breathe easy – People who have chronic breathing problems should be prepared for a power outage by making sure those who require continuous positive airway pressure have battery packs on hand for the devices.
Chow down – Keeping food at a healthy temperature can be challenging during a power loss. Keep refrigerators at a temperature of 40 degrees. Your fridge will stay at the proper temperature for about four hours if unopened. Placing ice bags or dry ice will also help. A full freezer will remain cool for about 48 hours as well. It’s also recommended to have canned and non-perishable foods on hand.
Any other tips you can think of?