Austinites, how great is it to finally see the sun again?
Over the last few weeks, the Hill Country has been pounded by flash floods and tornadoes before finally returning to its usual scorching ninety-degree heat yesterday. The storms caused so much damage that President Obama declared Texas a disaster zone.
Lady Bird Lake overflowed over Memorial Day weekend and downtown Austin was hit hard by the flood. Several businesses suffered extensive damages. The entire area was shut down.
Delicious (and frequented by yours truly) bakery Easy Tiger was not spared.
Nor was the rest of downtown as water flowed all the way past 10th street.
Meanwhile, UHAUL’s storage facility in north Austin was blown apart like the Death Star.
Thankfully, none of Binstro’s facilities suffered any damage at all! Our bins didn’t even get wet!
I was left with the question, though: what should we do should another superstorm hit Texas? How can someone prepare for this? I found one answer scouring the web for advice: the emergency bin.
Your Personal Emergency Bin
Government disaster preparation website ready.gov recommends keeping a supply kit on hand at all times (although keeping one stored with Binstro and having it delivered before a storm can probably work too).
The supply kit should contain three days’ worth of necessary living supplies and anything else that might make the bearable. It should be kept in a location that is easily accessible in the case of an emergency.
Ready.gov recommends that an emergency supply kit contain:
- Non-perishable Food
- Battery-Powered Radio
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal for Help
- Dust Mask
- Moist Towelettes, Garbage Bags, Plastic Ties
- Wrench or Pliers
- Can Opener
- Local Maps
- Cell Phones with Chargers
So in the event of another superstorm, what should you actually do? Be ready to board your windows shut with marine plywood and grab that emergency bin.
But hopefully we won’t see another one of these for a long, long time.