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Spacebag® and Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane experts from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will be another challenging one for the Atlantic and Gulf states . The forecast is for 17 Named Storms, eleven of which would qualify as Hurricanes and four of which would be considered Intense or Major Hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).

Residents of and visitors to storm-vulnerable areas are encouraged to be prepared throughout the season, which runs each year June 1 through November 30.

We've gathered suggestions from hurricane experts -- and survivors -- along with those from others who make preparedness a priority for their households and have compiled them here for your reference in an easy checklist format. We've added links to important official websites about hurricanes, preparedness and your safety.

Storm victims have also shared how Space Bag® products helped them cope with the impact of hurricanes. Here are a few of their ideas: Protect important documents and other keepsakes in Space Bag™ storage packs, preserving the contents from water, wind and other storm-related hazards. Prepack essential clothing in Space Bag™ storage packs, protecting them from the elements and facilitating evacuations. Sleeping bags and bedding are also perfect for compressing in Space Bag™ storage packs. Keep hurricane supplies, such as batteries, flashlights, battery-powered radios, maps, etc. all together, dry, dirt-free and easily accessible in Space Bag® products. Save an emergency amount of cash and keep it in a Space Bag™ storage pack, as ATMs often do not work in the power outages that can accompany hurricanes.


Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
Foods that require little preparation and no refrigeration are best: canned vegetables and fruits, meats, tuna fish; juice, powdered milk, soft drinks, sports drinks (in cans, boxes, plastic bottles); peanut butter, jelly, nuts, crackers, cheese spreads, cereals, dried fruit; cookies.

• Documents
Financial documents, insurance policies, wills, deeds, passports, immunization records, Social Security cards, contracts, household inventory including a narrated videotape, phone numbers and addresses. It is also a good idea to make copies of all your important papers and send them to a family member outside of hurricane-prone areas. Place documents in large envelope and then store in a waterproof Space Bag® pouch.

• Essential Supplies
Space Bag™ storage packs in several sizes, manual can opener, water filter, propane camp stove, utensils, napkins, paper plates, extra keys, plastic tarps, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tool box and nails, battery operated clock, cleaning supplies, spray paint, camera and film, rubber gloves, heavy rope, bungee cords, wooden matches.

• Cash
Without power, ATMs won't work and can be empty during a disaster. Keep an emergency reserve of cash in a Space Bag™ storage pack during hurricane season.

• Car
During hurricane season, keep your vehicles well-maintained and ready to roll. Keep gas tanks topped off. Service vehicles before the season begins. Keep extra water and motor oil in the trunk. Use a Space Bag™ storage pack to compactly store extra blankets and pillows in the trunk.

• Miscellaneous Items
Coolers - for food and to keep ice; flashlights with extra batteries (candles can be a fire hazard); protective clothing, sturdy shoes, rain gear, blankets, bedding or sleeping bags; video camera, with extra tapes and batteries.

• Baby Items
Extra formula, baby food, bottles, disposable diapers, wipes, medications including infant pain reliever and antihistamines.

• Pets
Store newspaper or kitty litter, food, water, collar and leash. Copies of proper identification / immunization records / medications; carrier or cage; muzzle and leash.

• Medicines
Pack prescription medicines and non-prescription including aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacid, insect repellant, medicated wipes.

• Personal
Toilet paper, towelettes, personal hygiene items, toothbrush & toothpaste, denture needs, extra glasses and contacts, contact lens supplies, sunscreen, soap, shampoo.

• First Aid Kit
Buy a stocked First Aid Kit or assemble your own, and store contents in Space Bag® storage pack.

• Contact Person
If possible have an out of state friend or relative serve as the "family contact" person. It's often easier to dial long distance from the disaster region than to make a local call, and dialing in to a disaster region close to the event is discouraged.

• At Home
Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for cover.

In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community. Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet, and drive it and walk it to see how long it takes to get there.

• Be Informed
Request copies of hurricane and other disaster preparedness materials from local and state governments, and other organizations. Check the Web as well. We've provided a short list of some of the more important official sites. Just click here.

• Inform Others
Share your safety plans with your family members so they are all aware of what to do. This is especially important for the children and older folks living in your home or nearby. Talk to your neighbors and share information, encouraging them to be prepared.


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