Hurricane Sandy is being called a “once-in-a-generation” storm as it is one of the biggest storms to ever hit the United States. Millions are currently without power and because of this many health hazards could occur. Many are wondering, how do I prepare to survive this “perfect storm”? ABC News’ Dr. Besser gives 3 tips on how to survive Hurricane Sandy.
Food: “When in doubt throw it out”
Being “well prepared” and “safe” do not necessarily go hand in hand. Once the Hurricane Sandy ends, or at least when the power has been gone for some time you will probably still have food in the refrigerator. So how do you know if that food that has been sitting there for quite some time is still edible? Dr.Besser suggests that anything perishable that has been sitting without power for more than 4 hours should be thrown out.
“Every year more than 500 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning” states Dr. Besser. Carbon monoxide gets put out by generators. Dr. Besser recommends putting the generator at least 20ft away from any doors or windows. Also make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly with new batteries.
Love your neighbor
It has been said that one of the greatest commands is to love your neighbor. During a storm like Hurricane Sandy, it could be easy to forget about the people around us in need of help. Be sure to check up on: vulnerable neighbors, the elderly, children, and even pets.
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