POSTED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 7, 2011 - 8:38am
HIDALGO CO- Hurricane season is heating up, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated its seasonal outlook of this year's Atlantic hurricanes, and it expects even more hurricanes than its first outlook, issued in June.
Even if you're not in the storm's path, it's a good reminder to prepare your family now, incase a storm heads your way.
- A battery operated weather radio or a portable radio of any sort can help you keep updated if your power is out.
- Flashlights, battery operated lanterns and of course extra batteries can cut through the blackness of an outage.
- An oil lamp and something to light them with is also good.
- A gallon of water per person for at least 3 days... maybe as many as 7 is recommended, as well as food that won't spoil, a manual can opener... picnic supplies can be a big help when utilities can't keep water flowing for dish washing.
- Filled gas cans can keep you going until stores re-open... tarps might keep water out until more permanent roof repairs are made.
- Propane tanks... have em filled... a spare doesn't hurt.
Don't forget that if the power is out ATM cards won't work so make sure you have cash on hand.