Monday, June 16, 2008

Getting Storm Ready

Hurricane season is upon us and it's time to think about supplies you'll need to ride out a storm. Among the things you'll need:

1. Water
- at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
2. Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days

3. First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
4. Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
5. Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
6. Flashlight / Batteries

Most likely you'll need new batteries for that flashlight. So, what do you do with the old ones?
Batteries have traditionally contained large amounts of mercury and other heavy metals, which pose numerous threats to the environment. If landfilled, these metals could leach into ground water reserves and possibly contaminate surface waters and their living inhabitants. Batteries can be recycled. New Hanover County recycling drop off sites accept rechargeable batteries. The New Hanover County landfill on Highway 421 accepts household batteries for recycling as well. Simply stop at the window and they will tell you where to put them.

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