Sailors, Marines, and their families in the East Coast have been advised by the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFECEN) to be prepared for Hurricane Irene.
NAVSAFECEN Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Dominick Torchia said “Sailors, Marines, and their families are our greatest resource… It is important for them to be informed so they’re able to take care of themselves and each other. Early preparation is the key to success.”
With the key word being preparation, Torchia stresses the importance of being prepared well in advance of the onslaught of a storm. He shared several tips, such as:
• Moving or securing objects, such as outdoor furniture, decorations, or trash cans, which are located outside and may therefore be picked up by wind. Aside from possibly keeping damage to your stuff to a minimum, it will also ensure not just your safety, but the safety of neighbors as well.
• Keep an open line of communication, and ensure that everyone has been briefed about what ought to be done, and that everyone knows and understands clearly what they should do, and when they should do it.
• Ensure that your vehicles have enough fuel, in case there is a need for you to evacuate.
• If you are not instructed to shut off utilities, then set refrigerators and freezers to coldest settings. Open these appliances only when necessary, and close them right away.
Should you and your family need to evacuate, take only small valuables and important papers and documents, making sure to keep it light and stay away from flood waters.