Severe Weather Relief – Tips & Tricks

For us East Coasters, this has been a week of trials and tribulations. Hurricane Sandy, which lefts its traumatic mark on the Caribbean, tore itself through the TriState area last week, leaving millions with no electricity, heat & water. Unfortunately, others have been more traumatically impacted, with the flooding, eroding and destruction of thousands of homes on the coasts of Long Island, Manhattan, New Jersey & Connecticut. The pictures you’ve seen don’t do the current event justice.

[image via 10 news]

While many have been able to slowly pick up the pieces to their lives, there are still many people feeling the dire effects of last week’s events. On top of that, the current Nor’easter that started Wednesday afternoon has left the suffering in a deeper panic and others facing worry of a repeat to last week’s events.

We want to make sure our friends in these areas (as well as everyone else!) knows how to take the proper precautions should your area be affected by rain, snow, hurricanes or severe weather activity. Here are some of the essentials:

  • Batteries & battery operated technology (ie. radio)
  • Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • Hats/gloves/scarves
  • Bottles of water
  • Non-perishable food (soup, canned beans, pasta, almond milk, cereal)
  • Gas cans (to fill up for your car)

Should you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have these things, contact family, friends or locate a designated shelter closest to your home to find a warm place to stay.

For those who are fortunate to have a place to stay and host others, there’s tons that you can do to keep you & your guests entertained (with or without power!) Here’s a list of items that will help give light to the experience:

  • Deck of cards
  • cookie/brownie mix
  • Scrabble & other board games
  • Books/magazines
  • Wine/vodka (for those who drink!)

If you don’t live in the area and want to help, you can visit Occupy Sandy OR Red Cross and find out how you can help!

Thanks to everyone for your continued support! Any other suggestions for necessary items, host ideas, donation locations & shelters, please share or contact us for more ideas!

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