By: Jessica Duncan, Sales and Marketing Manager for Capstone Center
Capstone Center and Golden Age @ Home offices will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10th and 11th in order to prepare and stay safe during Hurricane Michael. Our office will re-open on Friday, October 12th for normal business hours.
We urge you to be as safe as possible during this time, and we understand that many of you (including much of our staff) are “riding out this storm.” Whether it was your choice to stay with friends, family, pets and homes that are dear to you, or you’ve found yourself scrambling at the last minute because the time has escaped you, know that you are not alone. Tallahassee is such a close community and we tend to come together, especially at times like these.
For you last-minute folks, we’ve compiled the following list of tips, tricks, and reminders for preparing and enduring the aftermath for Michael…
1. Cook items ahead of time, like boiled eggs, bacon, cookies, to have available while the fridge is still cool.
2. If you purchase(d) a generator, be sure to have long extension cords on hand.
3. For gas stoves, keep matches nearby so you can light the burners and keep cooking.
4. Pack dry clothes in heavy duty plastic bags to grab-and-go if you need to leave in a hurry.
5. If an emergency occurs while you are at home, check for damage using a flashlight. DO NOT light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, chemical spills and gas leaks.
6. Pour bags of ice in top loading washing machines for coolers. The water will later melt and you can use that as non potable water.
7. Start running your ice makers now and bagging the ice in freezer bags and fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
8. Along with everyone in the household, plan two escape routes out of each room.
9. Don’t forget about your furry and feathered babies! Get pet food and supplies. Have veterinarian records on hand in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
10. Consider putting medical records, advanced directives, heirlooms, and photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you.
11. Get cash from ATM, at least enough to get you gas for travelling out of town.
12. Place old rags & beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows and shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors!
13. Purchase milk in boxed-juice-style boxes, as they don’t need to be refrigerated.
14. Have hand powered or battery operated fans to keep cool if power goes out.
15. Call your out-of-town contacts and let them know you’re ok.