Preparing for Irene
As a Floridian hurricane preparedness is second nature. Hurricane survival is one of the first lessons taught to children here and in recent years those lessons have become more frequent. Of course this is a problem not only limited to Florida, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Gulf Coast States but now the East Coast also have to be prepared.
The 2 o'clock report from NOAA claims Irene has intensified to 125 mile an hour winds. It is a category three and is expected to gain strength. As such I have included articles I have written at the beginning of hurricane season so those who don't normlly prepare for hurricanes will have access.
If order to evacuate I suggest you listen to local authorities. This storm is expected to be a Category 4 which is quit serious and there is a 20% chance it can develop to a category 5 which is really serious.
Some simple things to start preparing is to turn down your refrigerator to its lowest setting so you food stays as cool as long as possible. Make certain if you have a car it is gassed up and ready to evacuate. Pack your most important belongings in one bag ready to go and don't forget to pack your medicine. I have 10 gallons of water freezing right now so I have plenty of ice for my refrigerator and freezer. But this list isn't all inclusive and you should ready the following links.
Irene has the potential of a landfall in New England and In Canada so I have republished this information for all of the people who might need to prepare for this hurricane. Stay safe and best of luck,
One last thing even if you don't substain a direct hit the potential for tornadoes to develop from this storm is high. I have been through relatively mild hurricanes only to find out we were in danger of being hit by a tornado.