Last Minute Indoor Preparations

Here are some things to do to prepare the inside of your house as the storm approaches:

  • Check medical supplies. If you don't have enough, go to the pharmacy now.
  • Top off your food supplies. You should need only perishable goods at this point to complement your staples and canned goods. If you don't have those things, get them right away.
  • Check the first-aid kit. Replenish missing items.
  • Check your tools. Put them all in one place.
  • Scrub your plastic water containers with household soap, swab with bleach, rinse thoroughly, let dry. Then fill containers with water.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest settings. Start freezing plastic gallon-size freezer bags and 2-liter soda bottles filled with water.
  • Do not open the refrigerator unless you absolutely must. A portable ice chest can be used as a substitute to keep food and beverages cool.
  • Identify where to shut off electricity, water and gas.
  • Put valuables and documents, including a list of possessions, in a waterproof container. Place your videotape or photographs of valuables in there, too.
  • Bring in pets. Make sure they have a two-week supply of food and are wearing identification.
  • To sterilize the bathtub, scrub with household soap, swab with bleach, rinse thoroughly, and let dry. Seal the drain with a silicone caulking that you can easily remove later. Fill the tub with water.
  • Stock your safe place with a first-aid kit, small supply of food and water, flashlight, games for the kids, blankets and a mattress.
  • Review with family members escape routes out of the house.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the fire extinguisher is.
  • Stay indoors unless you absolutely must go out.