In all of this talk about earthquakes, we’ve got to mention Hurricane Irene, which is due to hit the East Coast and inland areas in the next couple of days. New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and North Carolina have declared states of emergency.
Best Tip: Get yourself to safety before the storm hits, and then stay inside until it blows over. (LA Times)
“Help Me” Sign: Should you tie one to your roof? I mean it probably takes a whole lot of tarp, paint, and good script to get a helicopter’s attention. I don’t see why you shouldn’t do this. Don’t let it take time from securing your property. (FEMA)
Securing Your Property: Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. (FEMA)
Don’t Tape Your Windows: Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. (FEMA)
Building an Ark: Although practical for 2 of every species of animals (sans unicorns, velociraptors), an Ark isn’t as practical as building a safe room in your basement or an indoor room on the first floor (How to build a safe room).
Read more Hurricane Ready Tips from the Red Cross