Officials from the National Hurricane Center expect to upgrade Tropical Storm Isaac to a hurricane status over the next 24-48 hours as it grows in strength. Attention is often focused on the coastal areas that receive the first impact and brunt of the storm but a storm of this nature can have a strong impact on regions further inland. With Hurricane Isaac's approach to mainland looming over the southeast, even mainlanders need to prepare to feel the effects.
Today people rely so much on power and electronic conveniences that it would be hard for some people to function without it. It is important to remember that Mother Nature doesn't care whether you are ready for her to come into your home or not. Emergency management leaders are urging people to prepare for the possibility of being without power for what could turn into days. Robby Westbrook, Director of Cherokee County Emergency Management Service in Georgia, posted this question to residents of Cherokee County: "What would you do if you were without power for 7 days? With all this talk about a northward moving tropical cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico it's something to think about in North Georgia." This is something to seriously consider. It is very important that you prepare for the necessities of life such as food and water. It is highly advisable that you have a pantry stash of non-perishable foods that don't need heat in order to eat. Another good idea to keep an extra tank of gas for a propane grill and a bag or two of charcoal for a standard grill. It's always a good idea to keep bottled water on hand and wash out your milk jugs and keep them filled with water (these can be used for flushing the toilet in emergency situations or washing clothes by hand).
Residents in the areas where Hurricane Isaac poses a threat need to evaluate their situations and be ready. You may have friends or family that rely on power for their health, if not their life. It is very important that you take the time this weekend to help them prepare for a possible lengthy power outage situation. Acquiring additional oxygen tanks, battery back-ups, purchasing or renting a generator to have on hand needs considered. At times being prepared may seem like you are over-doing it but remember that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.