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East Coast Braces for Hurricane Irene; Here’s How to be Prepared!

As the first major storm of the 2011 Hurricane season closes in on the East Coast megalopolis (the giant city stretching from DC to NYC), we’d like to take a moment to encourage you to get prepared.

Hurricanes can cause severe damage to infrastructure you probably take for granted, but without which your home and city simply won’t work. Electricity to heat your water, cool the summer air, and light your way down the hall at night. And running water, which due to flooding can become contaminated or stop flowing altogether.

But if you’re ready to stay safe the storm doesn’t have to wreck your weekend. Instead it can be a kind of scary adventure! So to that end, we’ve got some tips to keep you safe should Irene come a-knocking.

Matthew Stein is the author of the book When Technology Fails, an incredibly thorough guide to dealing with life…well, when technology fails! He’s recently finished a new book, When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival. Smaller in size than WTF, more concise, and focused on the challenges posed by particular types of disaster, this new book belongs in everyone’s preparedness kit—along with a radio and batteries, water, clif bars, and duct tape. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You’ll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable. Now, if only it were back from the printers in time for good ole Irene… In lieu of that, we’ve got the hefty original, When Technology Fails , and this quick video from the author, in which he explains how to put together an emergency preparedness kit. Watch it now, then get to work! She’s on her way!

 


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