Stay prepared for bad weather

Published 5:53 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2020

As awful as 2020 has been, there was little doubt that a tropical system or two would come along to complicate our already chaotic circumstances for a few days.

Though Hurricane Isaias spared Isle of Wight and Surry the major damage seen in neighboring Suffolk and Southampton County, we were reminded anew of our community’s vulnerability to severe weather.

Most of this year’s storms have set records for early formation — surpassing even the infamous 2005 season — so early predictions of an active Atlantic hurricane season seem to be becoming reality.

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And in 2020, there’s no telling what will go wrong next.

COVID-19 adds an extra element to storm planning this year. Emergency management officials note that individuals, families and businesses need to take extra precautions beyond a normal hurricane season. People will want to have extra masks and hand sanitizer on hand. The key, as always, is to prepare well ahead of time.

Take note of the following that should be in your emergency kit:

  • One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days
  • A three-day supply of food requiring minimal water, no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, such as canned foods, granola bars, trail mix, etc.
  • First aid supplies and medications
  • Masks and hand sanitizer
  • Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses and lens solution
  • Food, medications and other needs for pets
  • Manual can opener
  • Complete change of clothing
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tools and emergency supplies
  • Important family documents and phone numbers
  • Cash in small bills
  • Credit card
  • Extra set of car keys in waterproof container
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant
  • Five-gallon bucket with lid
  • Feminine hygiene supplies and diapers
  • Garbage bags
  • Games, toys and books
  • Blankets
  • Jumper cables
  • Cell phone charger
  • Flashlight and extra batteries