Preparing for Matthew

Courtesy of Mike’s Weather Page:

All of Central Florida is under hurricane or tropical storm watch now.

This storm is coming and while Lake Mary is not in the cross hairs, we will feel more of the effects than originally predicted. If you have not already prepared, here is what you should do:

  • Stock up on food and personal items for at least three days – and don’t wait until the last minute because the shelves could be bare.
  • Stock up on water. You’ll need a gallon per person per day for three to five days.
  • Fill the gas tank on your vehicle(s) – pumps won’t work without power.
  • Go to the ATM now – if the power goes out, those won’t work either.
  • Make sure you have enough food and water for your pets.
  • Charge your phones – or go high-tech and get solar-powered phone chargers, flashlights, radios and even fans.
  • If you or a family member takes prescription medicine, make sure you have enough to get through the aftermath of a storm.
  • Fill the tub with water for toilet flushing.
  • Turn the fridge down to the lowest setting. Open it as little as possible if the you are without power. You also can freeze containers of water and put them in the fridge to keep food cold if the power goes out.
  • Pay attention to the weather reports.

FOR YOUR PETS: Identify a pet-friendly shelter or hotel in advance. If you plan to weather the storm away from your apartment here at Pebble Creek at Lake Mary, do this now — you don’t have much time, and shelters (what few there are that allow pets) and hotels fill up fast.

Tips for keeping your pet safe from the Orlando Sentinel and

The Sentinel also has some great info today about apps, social media and other online ways to stay informed and connected as the storm approaches.

Be prepared, be safe.

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