2013-10-04 / Columnists

IDEAS WANTED

A Flood Of Clever Ideas!
By Rick Horan

It’s hurricane season again and our beachfront has been temporarily shored up with additional sand, Trap Bags, sand dunes and baffle walls. Now it’s time to insure that our homes and families are prepared. The fertile and wellwatered minds of IW readers like Matt Whalen have generated some practical ideas so we’re ready for the next storm that may be headed our way.

Preparation:

 Storm related smart phone apps can
be really helpful (assuming you have
a signal)
 Bring outside items in if they could be
picked up by the wind
 Clear gutters of debris
 Reinforce your garage door
 Turn the refrigerator to its coldest
setting in case power goes off. Use a
cooler to keep from opening the doors
on the freezer or refrigerator
 Fill a bathtub with water
 Get full tank of gas in at least one car
 Move cars to higher ground
 Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter
 Put an ax in your attic in case of
severe flooding
 Evacuate if ordered and stick to
marked evacuation routes, if possible.
 Store important documents in a
watertight container
 Create current inventory of household property and keep it updated
 Leave a note to say where you are
going
 Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave
 Turn off the electricity, gas and water
for residence
 Consider hurricane shutters (or precut plywood) made for your windows
 Gather anything loose from your
yard and store it in the garage
 Decide early whether to evacuate or
stay put
 Develop a family communications
plan using an out-of-state contact
 Make sure that you have adequate

insurance coverage
 Plan for the family pets as most shelters will not accept them
 Do your laundry
 Hide your stash

Supplies:
 Battery or hand-crank am-fm radio
 Medications and infant formula if
applicable
 Water, one gallon of water per person
per day, for drinking and sanitation
 Food, at least a three-day supply of
non-perishable food
 NOAA Weather radio with tone alert
and extra batteries
 Extra water (fill up the bath tub
BEFORE the storm)

 Good knife (or two)
 Can opener
 Candles, a Bic Lighter (or two) and
matches
 Cell phone – with solar battery
charger if possible
 Mag light (preferably L.E.D. uses
less power) and extra batteries
 Hand-crank flashlight
 First Aid kit
 Moist towelettes, garbage bags and
plastic ties for personal sanitation
 Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help
filter the air
 Plastic sheeting and duct tape to
shelter-in-place
 Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
 Can opener for food (if kit contains
canned food)
 Clothing and Bedding depending
on the season

 A sleeping bag or warm blanket for
each person
 Rain gear
 Mess kits, paper cups, plates and
plastic utensils
 Cash
 Paper towels and toilet paper
 Plenty of booze and beer

Lessons Learned - Apartment
Buildings:
 Apartments need faucets that
would work without power
 Wind and water resistant windows
and doors
 Exterior hookups for generators
 Emergency lighting in hallways
and stairwells for extended blackouts  Toilets that will flush in a power
outage

Going forward I’d like to hear your ideas in the following categories... How to increase ferry ridership, Creative Rockaway Revitalization ideas, Smart Phone Apps, Products, (sports, household, gadgets, etc.), Wacky ideas that probably won’t work and How to attract more ideas for the Ideas Wanted column. RickHoran@ideasImprov.com and don’t forget to check out the Ideas Wanted podcast. Just search.

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