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:
- Create an evacuation plan
- 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
- 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).
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World Wildlife Day 2017 is focused on encouraging youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife. This includes habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.
“Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play.”
Participating in events and getting involved are great opportunities to help raise awareness and take action in order to be part of the solution.
Events near you and around the world: http://wildlifeday.org/content/events
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With this summer’s heat, you may want to use more water than needed. Make sure you check out some helpful tips for conserving water in and out of your home:
Summer Tips: Saving Water Around the Home
While we often call Earth the “water planet” because 70% of its surface is covered by water, less than 1% of that precious resource is available for human use. Given the lower than average rainfall in the US and many places around the globe this summer, many of us are looking at ways to save water.
Did you know that the average family of four in the United States uses about 400 gallons of water a day as part of their daily routine? About 70 percent of that water is used inside the home during daily activities like taking a shower, brushing our teeth, going to the bathroom, cooking, washing clothes, etc. So what can we do to use our water more efficiently?
Well, here are several green tips for saving water in and around the home:
- One of the first things we should do is to repair any leaks around the home. Did you know that the average American household can waste over 10,000 gallons of water every year from leaking toilets, dripping faucets, or other leaks in pipes at home and in the garden?
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth or shaving
- Take short showers instead of baths
- Use the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded!
- Instead of rinsing dishes first, just scrape the food off plates when loading them into the dishwasher.
- Another suggestion that helps to save water and reduce waste—take food wastes to make compost instead of using the garbage disposal.
- Only wash full loads of laundry and make the appropriate water selection according to the load size
- Get water efficient appliances (dishwasher, clothes washer, showerheads, toilets, etc.) with the WaterSense label. These are 20 percent more water efficient than other traditional products on the market.
- In the garden, don’t overwater your plants and lawn.
- Water the plants in the early morning before 7 am to reduce evaporation.
- Check your garden hose for leaks. Close the water faucet when not in use.
- When landscaping, choose native plants that are appropriate for your region. Not only will they use less water, but they are more resistant to pests and diseases.
To read the full article, visit http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/07/summer-tips-saving-water-around-the-home/