Hurricane Preparation Tips

Tropical storm Gordon is knocking on the Gulf coast state’s door and then it looks like it will head up through the Midwest. The rain may be needed, but no one needs the potential devastation that follows a major storm. We at B3C Fuel Solutions hope that everyone remains safe during the storm and during any clean up that may be needed.

In the last blog, advice was given on getting power equipment up and running to ensure that it is ready when needed. To help ensure your equipment starts and runs effectively during this critical time.

Both Mechanic In A Bottle and Ethanol Shield are available through most home improvement retailers as well as many power equipment service centers. Look in the lawn and garden sections of Walmart and Home Depot. A local retailer can be found on our website by clicking on the “find a retailer” link.

Please make sure that you are ready for the storm. According to FEMA’s website, a well stocked supply kit consists of:

  • 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 and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • 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
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

B3C Fuel Solutions hopes that you and your family weather the storm with little or no impact.