Tropical Storm Isaac: Step Up Your Emergency Set-Up


Stirring the Caribbean around like a cauldron, tropical storm Isaac is really making its presence known to Floridians. Typically, we consider the months between June and November hurricane season. Battening down the hatches and preparing one's emergency kit are standard practices for any well-weathered Sarasotan. In fact, meteorologists say that there is only a 20 percent chance that Florida will be struck at all by Isaac. However, there are some things you may have forgotten as a long-time resident, or maybe things you need to keep in mind if you're a newcomer. In the interest of preparedness, here are a couple advanced tips to help you steel yourself against Isaac's potential visit:

  • Do you have a communication plan? In a worst-case scenario, knowing that your family is safe (and being able to then that you are also safe) can alleviate a tremendous amount of stress. If you already have a plan in place, take it to the next level: make sure that those you know who may have a harder time with technology are aware of how to use text messaging. Oftentimes, a text message can go through networks when phone calls fail.
  • Choose emergency foods wisely. Whole wheat crackers are great, but if they have a lot of salt, they'll dehydrate you and make you drink more water, which can be a precious resource if you lose access to potable water sources for a few days. Likewise, canned foods are very convenient, but if your family refuses to eat creamed corn and it's all you have on hand, you'll be facing a mutiny!
  • Replacements are necessary. Check the shelf life on your prescriptions. Some first aid tools that are easy to pass by include epi-pens, which last between 12 and 18 months. Verify when your over-the-counter medications expire, too. You never know when you'll need painkillers or something to calm your stomach. Even if the storm season passes over without damage, this is something worth checking on every once in a while.

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