Superstorm Sandy Drives Home Importance of Emergency Preparedness

The Vitals employees based in our headquarters in Lyndhurst, NJ, as well as those based in our office in Manhattan, all learned a very valuable lesson this past week in the wake of Superstorm Sandy: you can never be too prepared for a natural disaster.

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While the waters crept near, the Vitals NJ office avoided the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.

While all employees took their laptops home in the event that we wouldn’t be able to get into the offices on Monday, we, like many in the region, did not anticipate the destruction Sandy would cause. As high winds and heavy rain pounded down Monday evening, our IT team braved the storm to shut down our server and make other last minute attempts to save electrical equipment from the threat of flooding in our Lyndhurst office, located in the low-lying Meadowlands area.

After almost a week of no power in either office, we’re all glad to be getting back to normalcy at work today, even if many of us are still dealing with storm damage, flooding, no power, no heat, and no hot water at home.

Needless to say, we learned the importance of heeding officials’ warnings; even if their predictions don’t pan out, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions.While your first priority prior to a hurricane should be ensuring you’re in a safe location, your second should be preparing the necessary supplies. The CDC recommends having the following on-hand in case of an emergency:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person)
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food
  • A first aid kit and manual
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
  • An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

The entire Vitals team would like to extend our thanks to the first responders, utility workers, and volunteers who are still aiding in the recovery effort, as well as our sincerest wishes that you and your family have found safety and relief.

Source: cdc.gov