It’s Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is upon us, now through the end of November. Stay smart and stay safe by preparing yourself and your family for a potential disaster.

Below are some of the top hurricane preparedness tips to help you weather a storm:

  1. Create an evacuation plan
  2. Build an emergency kit:

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air), plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

 

3. Ensure access to radio broadcasts for information and updates

 

4. Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood (and store all unsecured outdoor items from blowing away)

 

5. Be informed and ready (Learn your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan evacuation routes or locations of nearby shelters. Register family members with special needs or requirements and make a plan for your pets.)

 

6. The Red Cross Emergency App can help provide guidance on what to do before, during and after hurricanes (redcross.org/apps).

 

 

 

Winter Newsletters are here!

Happy New Year! Winter Newsletters are out and ready for your viewing!

Check them out now:

ECATTS: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ECATTSnewsletterWinter2017.pdf

ESOHTN: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ESOHTNnewsletterWinter2017.pdf

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September is Preparedness Month

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?

National Preparedness Month is a yearly reminder for all Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies that can occur.

EPA offers helpful links to assist in your planning, prepping and recovery. Topics include how to report emergencies, how to prepare your home, school or business, and how to share information.

You can visit the page now at https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/september-preparedness-month.

Gardening tips to help your environment

Spring has sprung and now is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy!

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? If tending to your garden is on your “to do” list, check out these earth-friendly tips from epa.gov to help get you started:

  • Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills. 
  • Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during hot summer months to keep grass roots shaded and cooler, reducing weed growth, browning, and the need for watering.
  • If you need large lawn and garden equipment such as tillers and chainsaws, you can reduce waste (and save money) by setting up a sharing program with your neighbors. 
  • When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills. 
  • Donate healthy plants that you want to replace to community gardens, parks and schools. 
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, save your ashes instead of throwing them away. Once cooled, wood ashes can be mixed into your compost heap and provide nutrients to your garden.”

Eco Resolutions for 2016?

The new year brings new resolutions. Did you make one for 2016? And are you still sticking to it?

If you made an eco resolution, or even want to now, here’s a great link to not only help pick one, but also to help keep you on track. Eco resolutions are great for both you and your environment.

Check out the below for a great “green resolution” checklist: http://www.earthshare.org/2014/12/greennewyear.html

2016 Newsletters are here!

Happy New Year!

Our 2016 Winter Newsletters are out! Click on the links below to view them now:

ECATTS issue: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ECATTSnewsletterWinter2016.pdf

ESOHTN issue: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ESOHTNnewsletterWinter2016.pdf