Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Paulison is Prepared -- Are You??

FEMA Administrator Paulison discusses what he does to be ready for hurricanes and severe weather at http://www.dhs.gov/journal/leadership/2008/06/get-serious-hurricane-prep.html.
He has:

  • Checked his generator and its fuel

  • Bought new batteries for flashlights and radio

  • Checked the storm shutters to make sure they were in good shape

  • Confirmed tarps and duct tape were on hand in case of storm damage

  • Ensured enough prepared food and water on-hand to support his family for at least three days

How do you stack up? What else do you do to stay prepared?


  1. Thank you for passing this along. Good article.

    Does he store the fuel in the garage and test the generator there? Look at the picture.

  2. Good question. It looks like it was in the garage ... here is the non-cropped version of the photo at FEMA http://www.photolibrary.fema.gov/photolibrary/photo_details.do?id=35484

  3. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/portgen.pdf

    Generator Safety Tips
    From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Carbon monoxide hazard!

    Never use indoors or in attached garages!

    Set up OUTDOORS in well ventilated, dry area

    Away from open windows or HVAC air intakes

    Under a canopy, open shed or carport

    Electrocution Hazard!

    Ground both the generator and equipment!

    Plug only individual devices into generator

    DO NOT connect into household AC!
    UL-rated cords of gage adequate for load

    Explosion / fire hazard!

    Fuel vapors traveling along the ground can be ignited by switching equipment or appliance pilot lights!


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