It’s not a subject that we often cover here in Central Ohio, but we should all begin now to prepare for this weekend’s brush with the remnants of hurricane Isaac. In September of 2008 hurricane Ike’s remnants caused enough damage to cost Central Ohio $553 million dollars, not to mention the countless hours spent on clean up from debris and food lost due to mass power outages. While weather forecasts are not anywhere near this level with Isaac there are valid concerns of wide-spread flooding.
If you are unfamiliar with what to do during a tropical storm/hurricane event you may like to log on to the Ohio Department of Emergency Management website for some helpful information. If you live in an area prone to flooding you will also find helpful links to purchasing flood insurance. If you don’t have an emergency plan in place for your family, particularly if flooding should occur, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security have an excellent resource page you can print out and practice ahead of the storm.
Even if it just turns out to be a significant rain maker event we want to prepare ourselves and our family. Here are some helpful reminders:
- Try never to drive through ponding water. It may look passable but once your automobile is immersed it can prove to be deeper than you thought and leave you stranded.
- If your basement is not equipped with a sump pump and begins to flood, at the first signs of difficulty unplug appliances if safe to do so, and then elevate items of importance as much as possible from ground level.
- If severe storms occur, have a battery or crank-powered radio and/or flashlight (some now come with cell phone chargers built-in enabling you to keep a means of communication going during mass power outages). Many of these items can be purchased at Lowe’s and Home Depot locations.
- Have on hand dry food items such as snack crackers and/or fruit, water, in homes with children 12 months and under — infant formula, diapers, diaper wipes, clean dry wash cloths, hand sanitizer or waterless soap, cellular phones, two gallons of water per person for sanitation and dry protective clothing.
- Ensure all in the family are familiar with your individual disaster plan.
Until next time – good health to you!