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  • National Hurricane Preparedness Week with Berkey Filters and Wise Food Products

    U.S. hurricane season runs from June to November and NOAA is kicking off the season with a public awareness campaign around National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 27th through June 2nd.

    Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous. A large hurricane can release the energy of 10 atomic bombs every single second.

    The 2011 hurricane season was among the United States' costliest and deadliest. "Hurricane Irene killed 45 people and caused at least $7 billion in damage, the National Climatic Data Center reports, making Irene the USA's most lethal and financially damaging hurricane since Ike in 2008. Torrential rains from Irene led to catastrophic flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast," reported USAToday.

    Severe Weather Affects Everyone

    Every U.S. state experiences dangerous severe weather from hurricanes to tornados or floods. Despite improving advance warning systems, people die. In 2011, there were more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries.

    Participate in the Force of Nature Campaign for Hurricane Week

    To protect people and property during the 2012 hurricane season, NOAA is asking citizens to take the following steps this week:

    1. Know your risk: The first step in protecting yourself and family is to understand how hurricanes and tropical storms can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your community. Check the weather forecast regularly and sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials and consider purchasing a special NOAA Weather Radio.
    1. Take action: Pledge to develop an emergency plan and put together your hurricane preparedness kit. Practice how and where you will evacuate if instructed by your emergency management officials. Post your plan in your home where visitors can see it. Download FEMA's mobile app so you can access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

    1. Be an example: Once you have taken action and pledged, share your story with your family and friends. Create a YouTube video, post your story on Facebook, comment on a blog, or send a tweet. Or you can even post a NOAA disaster preparedness widget on your social media profiles.

    Make Berkey Filtration and Wise Food Storage Part of Your Hurricane Preparedness Kit

    FEMA recommends each person's hurricane preparedness kit contain
    the following supplies:

    • Water. Set aside one gallon of water per person per
      day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation.
    • Food. Each family member needs 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
    Berkey and Wise Food products that make preparing your kit easy: Water. Your Berkey Water Filter provides an unlimited supply of drinkable water from almost any source.

    • Food. A single Wise Foods 56 Meal Grab and Go Bucket provide 2 servings of food per day
      for 1 adult for 4 weeks, or 4 adults for 1 week.  Alternatively,
      the Wise Food Camping Meals - 72 Hour Emergency Kit provides 4 servings per
      day (total of 12 servings) of 20 ounce lunch and dinner entrees.
    • The Wise Deluxe Survival Kit provides and most of of FEMA's supply recommendations:
      • Food for 1 person for 2 weeks
        or 2 people for 1 week
      • Water Filtration Bottle
      • 4-in-1 Dynamo Flashlight
      • Deluxe First Aid Kit
      • 5-in-1 Survival Whistle
      • NIOSH N95 Dust Masks: Qty 2
      • Deluxe Hygiene Kits: Qty 2
      • Waste Bag: Qty 2
      • Swiss Army Knife

      No can opener needed for Wise Food Packets.

    The deluxe survival kit also

    • Pocket Tissue: Qty 6 packages
    • Deck of Playing Cards
    • Water Proof Matches: Qty 50
    • Note Pad
    • Golf Pencil
    • Mylar Sleeping Bags: Qty 2
    • Leather Palm Work Gloves
    • 36 Piece Bandage Kit
    • Portable Stove
    • Stove Fuel Tablets
    • Metal Fork Knife and Spoon
    • Sierra Cup
    • Aqua Block Water: Qty 9 at
      8.5 oz per container
    • Compact Multi-Function Shovel
    • Emergency Ponchos: Qty 2
    • Hand and Body Warmers: Qty 2
    • 2 Person Tube Tent
    • 12 Hour Bright Stick
    • 30 Hour Emergency Candle

    More Safety Tips from NOAA's National Hurricane Center

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