The Rosenbaum Lending Group - Serving Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and DC.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
There's a storm a brewin'
The "Frankenstorm" is Coming -- Is Your Business Prepared to Weather the Storm?
By now we've all heard about Hurricane Sandy,
the "Frankenstorm" that is threatening the area. This is expected to be
a slow moving/long lasting system with gusty tropical storm force
winds, heavy rain and flooding. Earlier today Governor McDonnell declared a state of emergency
in preparation for the storm. Make sure your business is prepared
before the storm arrives. Below we've outlined some emergency
preparedness tips, courtesy of the CDC:
1. Gather Emergency Supplies
disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food,
water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare
emergency water supplies, food supplies and disaster supplies kit, you
can provide for your entire family. And don't forget to take your pets
and service animals into account!
2. Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit Assemble the following items to create kits for use at home, the office, at school and/or in a vehicle:
Water-one gallon per person, per day (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
Food-nonperishable, easytoprepare items (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
Batterypowered or handcrank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical
information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth
certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Two-way radiosExtra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
Fill your car's gas tank. Gas stations will be in short supply in a power outage.
If you have a generator or plan to buy one, please be familiar with safety tips.
5. Food Safety
outages and flooding may happen as a result of a tropical storm or
hurricane, so have a plan for keeping food safe. Have a cooler on hand
to keep food cold, and group food together in the freezer so it stays
6. Outdoor Items
Plan to secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
Remove dead limbs on trees that could fall on your property (home, car, land).
Clear leaves from storm drains, gutters and other areas that, if clogged, could cause flooding.
9. Weather Forecasts
close attention to weather forecasts for the latest storm track. We
will provide guidance as needed. Purchase or charge up your weather
radio. If you have a weather radio that uses SAME codes, Fairfax
County's SAME code is 051059.
10. Tech Ready
View our Digital Preparedness Kit, which is an important way to stay informed and connected before, during and after an emergency.
11. Phone Numbers
Save important phone numbers to your phone or write them down, especially your power company. Always report a power outage.
12. Safe and Well Website Following the 2005 hurricane season, the Red Cross developed the Safe and Well website,
which enables people within a disaster area to let their friends and
loved ones outside of the affected region know of their well-being. By
logging onto the Red Cross public website,
a person affected by disaster may post messages indicating that they
are safe and well at a shelter, hotel, or at home, and that they will
contact their friends and family as soon as possible. During large-scale
disasters, there will be telephone-based assistance via the
1-866-GET-INFO hotline for people who live within the affected areas and
do not have Internet access, but wish to register on the Safe and Well