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The NHC is High..

By: Patrap, 1:50 AM GMT on June 26, 2007


I have no words for the current Bull at the NHC.. I think the wunderground has overstepped its place an helped bring a Bad situation to a head. Its very disturbing stuff to watch, from a very hard hit area. The focus should be the Hurricane Season. But no..the season is a sideshow..to a freak show..perpetuated by agendas I cant quite wrap my noodle around.





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The REPORT

By: Patrap, 3:22 AM GMT on June 21, 2007


Corps helps New Orleans to define flooding risk

Report released, noon 20 June 2007

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"If I were moving or returning to New Orleans, I'd have one of these flood maps in my back pocket," Donald Powell, the Bush administration's Gulf Coast recovery chief, said at a meeting to release to the information. "I'd want to be safe."


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Corps: New Orleans still a flood risk

By CAIN BURDEAU
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

NEW ORLEANS -- Large areas of this city, including sections that are being rebuilt, remain at risk from flooding despite more than $1 billion in work to fix and upgrade the hurricane protection system, according to a new Army Corps of Engineers report released Wednesday.

The corps released risk assessments on a block-by-block basis in the form of maps showing the estimated threat of flooding each year from hurricanes.

But the corps did not release much-anticipated technical data accompanying the risk assessment, leaving many independent experts unable to assess the accuracy of the agency's assumptions on risk.

The mapping was based on extensive modeling and statistical analysis. For example, in a flood that has the likelihood of occurring at least once in 100 years, many neighborhoods in the central part of the city that were inundated during Katrina are now less likely to flood because of levee improvements.

By comparison, other areas like the Lower 9th Ward, Gentilly and St. Bernard Parish have not benefited greatly from levee work done since Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005 storm and could see as much as 8 feet of flooding.

However, nearly every part of the city, except for a sliver along the Mississippi River where the French Quarter sits, would flood under current levee conditions in a flood that has the likelihood of occurring once every 500 years. Katrina was a storm that happens once every 400 years, according to the corps.

"What we're doing here is showing people what the magnitude of the risk is," said Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, the Corps' chief engineer.

"The whole purpose of providing this information is so people can make a personal decision" about the risk they face, he said.

The analysis, while not providing a complete picture of the region's present and future vulnerability, will likely be used in rebuilding plans and by insurance companies assessing where to invest and where not to.

"What insurers are all about is categorizing similar risk," said David Rossmiller, a Portland, Ore.-based lawyer who analyzes Katrina insurance issues.

But, he added, insurance companies may not find much in the new flood risk assessments to entice them to start offering cheaper insurance.

"If anybody's hoping rates will go down, I doubt this study will be a big driving point, or an impetus to drive the rates down a whole lot. Overall, there's a huge problem with the insurance market in New Orleans."

Karen Durham-Aguilera, a corps official overseeing levee work in New Orleans, said insurance companies have so far responded favorably to the new data because it shows some areas now face less risk.

The new maps were developed by testing a variety of features, including levees and topography, against 152 possible future storms. The maps, which take a snapshot of the risk on June 1 of this year, will be updated as upgrades to the system are made.

What the maps fail to show, though, is what kind of risk areas face once the corps finishes work to protect the city from a 100-year storm, which is expected to be done by 2011.

Ed Link, an engineer with the University of Maryland who oversaw the analysis, said he expects most areas of the city will face much less chance of flooding once that work is done.

The corps said this is the first time an entire levee system's risk potential has been assessed. The same modeling will be performed on other flood defense systems around the nation in the future, corps officials said.

J. David Rogers, an engineer at the University of Missouri-Rolla involved in a study of levee failures commissioned by the National Science Foundation, said a meaningful assessment of the corps' risk study is not possible without the technical assumptions.

Instead of showing what risk each part of the city has in a particular hurricane, the corps study looks at the probability of flooding in any given year.

"We're trying to get away from the probability of storms because it leads to a lot of confusion about the probability of being flooding," Link said.

Link said the maps were issued without the technical data because the information was deemed so critical that delaying the data was not justifiable.


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Hurricane Preparation ,Man Blog

By: Patrap, 2:22 AM GMT on June 18, 2007

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"Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy."
- BILL PROENZA, DIRECTOR
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER




History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Link

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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS

Remember..If one stays in a flood prone area,to have Personal Flotation Devices for all.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens:

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What are the Hurricane Hazards?
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What does it mean to you?
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What actions should you take to be prepared?

Hurricanes and Your Health and Safety


* The great majority of injuries during a hurricane are cuts caused by flying glass or other debris. Other injuries include puncture wounds resulting from exposed nails, metal, or glass, and bone fractures.
* State and local health departments may issue health advisories or recommendations particular to local conditions. If in doubt, contact your local or state health department.
* Make sure to include all essential medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- in your family's emergency disaster kit.


* Hurricanes, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate the public water supply. Drinking contaminated water may cause illness. You cannot assume that the water in the hurricane-affected area is safe to drink.
* In the area hit by a hurricane, water treatment plants may not be operating; even if they are, storm damage and flooding can contaminate water lines. Listen for public announcements about the safety of the municipal water supply.
* If your well has been flooded, it needs to be tested and disinfected after the storm passes and the floodwaters recede. Questions about testing should be directed to your local or state health department.

Water Safety

* Use bottled water that has not been exposed to flood waters if it is available.
* If you don't have bottled water, you should boil water to make it safe. Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for boiling. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.
* If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water. If the water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water, stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it. Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.
* If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

Food Safety

* Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with flood water.
* Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. Also, discard cardboard juice/milk/baby formula boxes and home canned foods if they have come in contact with flood water, because they cannot be effectively cleaned and sanitized.
* Inspect canned foods and discard any food in damaged cans. Can damage is shown by swelling; leakage; punctures; holes; fractures; extensive deep rusting; or crushing/denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener.
* Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or seafood pouches) can be saved if you do the following:
o Remove the labels, if they are the removable kind, since they can harbor dirt and bacteria.
o Thoroughly wash the cans or retort pouches with soap and water, using hot water if it is available.
o Brush or wipe away any dirt or silt.
o Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.
o Then, sanitize them by immersion in one of the two following ways:
+ place in water and allow the water to come to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes, or
+ place in a freshly-made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available) for 15 minutes.
* Air dry cans or retort pouches for a minimum of 1 hour before opening or storing.
* If the labels were removable, then re-label your cans or retort pouches, including the expiration date (if available), with a marker.
* Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible, thereafter.
* Any concentrated baby formula in reconditioned, all-metal containers must be diluted with clean, drinking water.
* Thoroughly wash metal pans, ceramic dishes, and utensils (including can openers) with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize them by boiling in clean water or immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available).
* Thoroughly wash countertops with soap and water, using hot water if available. Rinse, and then sanitize by applying a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water (or the cleanest, clearest water available). Allow to air dry.

Frozen and Refrigerated Foods

* If you will be without power for a long period:
o ask friends to store your frozen foods in their freezers if they have electricity;
o see if freezer space is available in a store, church, school, or commercial freezer that has electrical service; or
o use dry ice, if available. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a ten-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.
* Your refrigerator will keep foods cool for about four hours without power if it is unopened. Add block or dry ice to your refrigerator if the electricity will be off longer than four hours.
* Thawed food can usually be eaten if it is still "refrigerator cold," or re-frozen if it still contains ice crystals.
* To be safe, remember, "When in doubt, throw it out." Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.

Sanitation and Hygiene

It is critical for you to remember to practice basic hygiene during the emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected:

* before preparing or eating
* after toilet use
* after participating in cleanup activities; and
* after handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.

If there is flooding along with a hurricane, the waters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems and agricultural and industrial waste. Although skin contact with floodwater does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, there is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.

If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.

Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater-contaminated toys that have not been disinfected. You can disinfect toys using a solution of one cup of bleach in five gallons of water.

Immunizations

Outbreaks of communicable diseases after hurricanes are unusual. However, the rates of diseases that were present before a hurricane may increase because of a lack of sanitation or overcrowding in shelters. Increases in infectious diseases that were not present before the hurricane are not a problem, so mass vaccination programs are unnecessary.

If you have wounds, you should be evaluated for a tetanus immunization, just as you would at any other time of injury. If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a doctor or health department determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

Specific recommendations for vaccinations should be made on a case-by-case basis, or as determined by local and state health departments.

Mosquitoes

Rain and flooding in a hurricane area may lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. In most cases, the mosquitoes will be pests but will not carry communicable diseases. It is unlikely that diseases which were not present in the area prior to the hurricane would be of concern. Local, state, and federal public health authorities will be actively working to control the spread of any mosquito-borne diseases.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, use screens on dwellings, and wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants. Insect repellents that contain DEET are very effective. Be sure to read all instructions before using DEET. Care must be taken when using DEET on small children. Products containing DEET are available from stores and through local and state health departments.

To control mosquito populations, drain all standing water left in open containers outside your home.

Mental Health

The days and weeks after a hurricane are going to be rough. In addition to your physical health, you need to take some time to consider your mental health as well. Remember that some sleeplessness, anxiety, anger, hyperactivity, mild depression, or lethargy are normal, and may go away with time. If you feel any of these symptoms acutely, seek counseling. Remember that children need extra care and attention before, during, and after the storm. Be sure to locate a favorite toy or game for your child before the storm arrives to help maintain his/her sense of security. Your state and local health departments will help you find the local resources, including hospitals or health care providers, that you may need.

Seeking Assistance after a Hurricane

SEEKING DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Throughout the recovery period, it is important to monitor local radio or television reports and other media sources for information about where to get emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance. The following section provides general information about the kinds of assistance that may be available.

DIRECT ASSISTANCE: Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, including: the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and other volunteer organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter, supplies and assist in clean-up efforts.

THE FEDERAL ROLE: In the most severe disasters, the federal government is also called in to help individuals and families with temporary housing, counseling (for post-disaster trauma), low-interest loans and grants, and other assistance. The federal government also has programs that help small businesses and farmers.

Most federal assistance becomes available when the President of the United States declares a “Major Disaster” for the affected area at the request of a state governor. FEMA will provide information through the media and community outreach about federal assistance and how to apply.

Coping after a Hurricane Everyone who sees or experiences a hurricane is affected by it in some way. It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Acknowledging your feelings helps you recover. Focusing on your strengths and abilities helps you heal. Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy. Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping. It is common to want to strike back at people who have caused great pain. Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster “second hand” through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.

Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.

SIGNS OF HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.

EASING HURRICANE RELATED STRESS:

* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans


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To Dad..

By: Patrap, 7:41 PM GMT on June 16, 2007

Happy Fathers Day to My Dad....

On this Day..we parted father and Son..No more refineries to be worked on..together with You and Brother.
I chose the path to the Corps,...and Mom made the poster behind us

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And a few short Months later..we stood as One.The Old Corps meets the newest.It was a wonderful day

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And here you are where you were most Comfortable..surrounded by fellow Marines..One in Spirit. One in "Semper Fidelis."

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Happy Fathers Day Dad...

We miss You and Love you...Family and friends.






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Blob Blog?...

By: Patrap, 2:34 AM GMT on June 07, 2007



Tropical Storms...a real threat





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For most people the most dangerous storm is the "Killer Storm", the Category 5 hurricane with winds of 155 miles per hour or more. Media coverage of these storms over the last few years has put heavy emphasis on major storms. As a result people tend to take smaller storms for granted. While major storms like Andrew, Charlie, Ivan and Katrina can cause catastrophic damage, tropical storms with winds of less than 74 miles per hour can be just as deadly. The most recent storms have caused hundreds of deaths combined. By contrast, Tropical Storm Gordon (not the later Hurricane Gordon) killed an estimated 2,400 people as it wound through the Caribbean and the United States. Most victims died of drowning.

Weather experts and emergency planners alike have been stressing for years that the most dangerous storm is the one you are in at the time! At the very least, failure to take any storm seriously can cause a major inconvenience, but it could easily cost you or those around you their lives.

As the Southeast becomes more populated, the burden on emergency services, utilities, transportation and communications increases. Even a small storm, under the right circumstances, could cut off those services for days, even weeks. Taking the time to plan now can make a considerable difference in how well you survive any storm.

'We weren't prepared!"

Too many people take tropical storms and weak hurricanes lightly. The 2005 hurricane season taught us that even the smaller storms could leave hundreds of thousands of homes without power, food or water for weeks. While local and federal emergency services can offer some aid, you may be forced to provide for yourself for days, even weeks. We'll make recommendations on what you might need. The important thing is to start planning now.

Assume the worst, hope for the best. You can't be over prepared. Start with a plan that includes a checklist of items you will need, a course of action to take and keep it all together in a safe, easy to access place.

* If you are required to evacuate do you know how, where and when you will go?
* If you stay, will you have enough supplies to last for days or weeks?
* If you leave and can't get back, do you have what you need with you, such as important papers and medicines?


Plan for your personal needs!

Not all evacuations will be out of the area or to local shelters. You may move to a friend or relative's home on higher ground, to a motel or other designated safe spot. If you go to a local shelter it is unlikely they will be prepared to do more than offer a roof over your head. If you go to a friend or relative's, remember there may be others hoping to stay there as well. They probably won't have food, water and other supplies to accommodate anyone outside their immediate household. Bring you own pillows, blankets and supplies!

Put together an emergency kit

Whether you stay or go, having containers to keep your hurricane kit means all necessary items will be in one place and portable. An excellent carrier would be the 10 gallon plastic tub shown here by Rubbermaid™. The size is large enough for most items, stacks easily, yet is small enough for most people to carry and low enough to slide under a cot or beach chair. After you obtain all the items for your kits, buy enough tubs to hold them and keep them in one, easy to get to spot in your home. Be sure to keep your checklist with your kit.

Make sure your supplies are portable. You can fill a five gallon, portable container full of water, but it will weigh 40 pounds. Smaller containers are easier to transport for the very young and old, the handicapped or others with restricted mobility. If you are injured during a storm, can others in your household carry the necessary supplies?

Items you'll need

Start with food and water. It should seem obvious, but don't buy foods that require refrigeration or freezing. Hurricane experts constantly point out that people rush to the stores to buy cold cuts and frozen dinners when a storm approaches. Remember, you could be without power for days or weeks! When you lose power, most of that food will spoil in a couple of days. The best foods to buy are those that can be eaten cold like soups, canned macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and other precooked items that would normally just be heated. Poll your family and find out what foods they will eat right out of the container.


Single serving foods work well and are easy to pack. Diet drinks and food supplements can provide additional nutrition and fiber when your normal eating routine has been disrupted. Many single serving cans have easy open tabs, but you still need a good can opener?



'We weren't prepared!"

Too many people take tropical storms and weak hurricanes lightly. The 2005 hurricane season taught us that even the smaller storms could leave hundreds of thousands of homes without power, food or water for weeks. While local and federal emergency services can offer some aid, you may be forced to provide for yourself for days, even weeks. We'll make recommendations on what you might need. The important thing is to start planning now.

Assume the worst, hope for the best. You can't be over prepared. Start with a plan that includes a checklist of items you will need, a course of action to take and keep it all together in a safe, easy to access place.

* If you are required to evacuate do you know how, where and when you will go?
* If you stay, will you have enough supplies to last for days or weeks?
* If you leave and can't get back, do you have what you need with you, such as important papers and medicines?




Folding beach chairs make an excellent alternative to cots. They fold flat, double as a chair and allow you to store a 10 gallon plastic tub, like this one from Rubbermaid™, underneath. This will save space and help secure your belongings. According to the Red Cross in Lee County, FL, a person evacuating to a shelter is allowed 18 square feet of space, about the total size of the chair. You should allow one folding chair and one tub for each household member.

Plan for your personal needs!

Not all evacuations will be out of the area or to local shelters. You may move to a friend or relative's home on higher ground, to a motel or other designated safe spot. If you go to a local shelter it is unlikely they will be prepared to do more than offer a roof over your head. If you go to a friend or relative's, remember there may be others hoping to stay there as well. They probably won't have food, water and other supplies to accommodate anyone outside their immediate household. Bring you own pillows, blankets and supplies!

Put together an emergency kit

Whether you stay or go, having containers to keep your hurricane kit means all necessary items will be in one place and portable. An excellent carrier would be the 10 gallon plastic tub shown here by Rubbermaid™. The size is large enough for most items, stacks easily, yet is small enough for most people to carry and low enough to slide under a cot or beach chair. After you obtain all the items for your kits, buy enough tubs to hold them and keep them in one, easy to get to spot in your home. Be sure to keep your checklist with your kit.

Make sure your supplies are portable. You can fill a five gallon, portable container full of water, but it will weigh 40 pounds. Smaller containers are easier to transport for the very young and old, the handicapped or others with restricted mobility. If you are injured during a storm, can others in your household carry the necessary supplies?

Items you'll need

Start with food and water. It should seem obvious, but don't buy foods that require refrigeration or freezing. Hurricane experts constantly point out that people rush to the stores to buy cold cuts and frozen dinners when a storm approaches. Remember, you could be without power for days or weeks! When you lose power, most of that food will spoil in a couple of days. The best foods to buy are those that can be eaten cold like soups, canned macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and other precooked items that would normally just be heated. Poll your family and find out what foods they will eat right out of the container.


Single serving foods work well and are easy to pack. Diet drinks and food supplements can provide additional nutrition and fiber when your normal eating routine has been disrupted. Many single serving cans have easy open tabs, but you still need a good can opener?
Buy single serving containers or quantities that can be finished at one meal. Snacks, granola bars and other individually wrapped foods are also desirable. Contamination can become a real problem and with no way to safely store food, you should plan to open it, eat it and dispose of the container.

Flood waters will be contaminated. If your food containers are exposed to flood water, be sure to clean the outside of the packaging before opening.

While you are planning for food items, buy a good manual can opener to be left in your hurricane kit! A cheap can opener will break leaving you no way to open your food. Trying to remember all the individual items you will need during a storm will be difficult. Having the can opener in the kit means it will be there when you need it.

Have plenty of water on hand

Water is essential. Plan on a minimum of 1 gallon per day per person, a half gallon for drinking and another half gallon for sanitation. People with special needs may require more

Water can been stored in several ways. You can purchase water in advance and store it in easy to handle crates like the one shown here. Gallons are easily handled, but remember each weighs approximately 8 pounds. The crates at 32 pounds are easy for most people to carry, but the gallons can still be removed for the less capable. In the event of a forced evacuation your water supply can easily move with you. Used gallon containers can also be filled with water, but NEVER use old milk jugs for water. It is difficult or impossible to get rid of the bacteria left behind by the milk. Two liter soda bottles can also be washed thoroughly and used.


Recycled milk crates and file folder crates make convenient carriers for your water supply. Remember to keep your water portable. Keep in mind the smaller members of the your family or the less mobile who also need access to water.
Many planner recommend freezing bottles of water for later use. Fill the bottles leaving room for expansion, then set them in your freezer. Freezers are more efficient when full. In the event of a power failure the frozen bottles help keep other foods cold while at the same time providing a reserve of drinking water for later.

Another option is a five gallon collapsible water container found at most camping supplies. They store flat, out of the way and can be filled just prior to a storm.

Make sure the water is safe

To sanitize water for drinking, the Red Cross recommends adding two drops of chlorine bleach (unscented) per quart of water or eight per gallon and letting it sit for 30 minutes. It can also be boiled for 30 minutes. For water to be used for cleaning and other purposes, use two drops per gallon of water. Be sure the bleach is soap and scent free before using.
Keep medical supplies and prescriptions handy

Start with a list of prescription medications you take. Have at least a two week supply on hand before the storm strikes. Pharmacies could have stocks depleted quickly when a storm is close. Add to that a list of non-prescription drugs. Pain killers like aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen should be in every kit. Prescription and non-prescription allergy medications.

Other items include sun block and insect repellent. Add a first aid kit with various size bandages and antibiotic creams or ointments. If the storm is serious you may have to handle most of your own small medical emergencies.

Anti diarrhea medicine, antacids, liquid or tablets, antiseptic or antibacterial soap and pre-moistened towelettes should be included in the kit.


You will also want to include a small pot and pan, paper plates, metal utensils for cooking, forks, knives, spoons and metal or ceramic cups for drinking. Plastics are more difficult to sanitize.

A small bottle of bleach, a can of disinfectant spray and germicidal hand soap should be included in the kit. Be sure to have an eye dropper to measure the chlorine for your water. Have a supply of plastic trash bags handy for disposing of used food containers and other refuse. Designate a space away from your living area since the trash will breed bacteria and attract pests who are also searching for food after the storm.


Disinfectant spray to kill germs, unscented bleach to help purify water and antibacterial soap for personal hygiene are necessities. Cleanliness will be critical after a storm. These items also fit easily in your emergency kit.
Keep medical supplies and prescriptions handy

Start with a list of prescription medications you take. Have at least a two week supply on hand before the storm strikes. Pharmacies could have stocks depleted quickly when a storm is close. Add to that a list of non-prescription drugs. Pain killers like aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen should be in every kit. Prescription and non-prescription allergy medications.

Other items include sun block and insect repellent. Add a first aid kit with various size bandages and antibiotic creams or ointments. If the storm is serious you may have to handle most of your own small medical emergencies.

Anti diarrhea medicine, antacids, liquid or tablets, antiseptic or antibacterial soap and pre-moistened towelettes should be included in the kit.


Zippered plastic bags, especially the heavy duty freezer type, will keep your important papers, irreplaceable photos and medicines dry. Be sure your name or some other ID is on the bags for later identification. Pack tissues and toilet paper in the same type bags. Toilet paper is useless after it's wet.
Some final items for your kit

Include flashlights with spare batteries, a portable radio to monitor rescue and recovery efforts, inexpensive plastic ponchos that easily fit in your pocket to keep you dry, plastic bags for storage and collecting garbage, matches for your camp stove or barbecue grill, propane lighter and light sticks, the type seen around Halloween that produces a bright light when snapped.

If you have a spare [air of eyeglasses, include them in your kit. Other options include games to keep you and your children busy, books, pillows, blankets and extra clothing.

Drowning is the number one killer in hurricanes. Every storm has stories of people slipping away from anothers grip. Consider life vests for each person, especially the young, elderly and those who can't swim. Adequate vests sell for as little as five dollars at most discount stores.

While they shouldn't necessarily be part of your kit, the following items should be quickly accessible in the event of an evacuation: insurance policies, important family papers, cash and credit cards and irreplaceable photos. Photographing or videotaping your home and contents is strongly recommended in the event you need to make an insurance claim. All should be stored in water proof containers. Travelers checks and cash will be critical if the power is out and ATM and credit card machines are not working.

Every persons needs will vary. Take the time to go over your original list and tune it to fit your needs. Remember to keep it lightweight and portable, yet have enough supplies to get you through the storm.




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D-Day 1944....

By: Patrap, 1:03 PM GMT on June 06, 2007

It was on this Day long ago... in 1944...that The U.S. and Allied forces descended upon Europe to free the Continent of the Forces of Evil.We were victorious.We remember those today,who gave so much then.And I thank them here..now.

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Victory in Europe Medal
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World War II Exhibits at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans ...Link


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