TODAY | November 03, 2012
>>> this morning on "today," the cleanup after hurricane sandy. you're facing a huge cleaning job, you may be wondering on how to get going on your recovery.
>> george oliphant can help.
>> folks want to get right to it. what are some of the things they can keep in mind?
>> safety first, always. you want to make sure you have a good set of rubber boots. maybe sure that you're wearing the proper masks. this is a mask just to make sure you put it on correctly, too. and a lot of times people will leave one of these dangling. you want to make sure you're protecting yourself from any of the bacterias or molds or mildews that are flying in the air. first and foremost, you want to protect yourself while you're doing the cleanup because you want to get in there, start ripping the dry wall out, getting the old furniture that's sopping wet out. because you don't want more mold and mildew and stuff growing in your home.
>> there's a little bit of concern before you jump in there and start ripping everything out, because you're waiting on the insurance, right? and it's going to take a while. so what do you need to do before you slap on your boots?
>> what i've been hearing from insurance companies is what we don't want it to get any worse. so definitely take a lot of pictures. document everything. make sure that whatever happened to your house, you have proof of. and then start getting your couches out. start ripping out the old dry wall that's sopping wet that's in your basements, maybe on your first floors depending on how bad you've been hit. curtains. anything that's going to soak up water, you want to get it out of your house, bag it up and get it thrown away.
>> food is a huge issue if you've lost power. you brought a cooler here. what's the best way to use a cooler to preserve your things?
>> basically, you want to make sure that you have ice in there, of course, and make sure that -- we put a thermometer in our cooler to make sure it was staying below 38 degrees. magic number .
>> 38 degrees, because we want to make sure feeding our kids -- eggs, milk, dairy, we want to make sure it's safe. the rule is after 24 hours , freezer 48 hours . once it's without power for that long, you want to get rid of it.
>> even if it feels cold. stuff in our fridge felt cold even 48 hours after.
>> i know there's the look test.
>> smell test. especially with the milk.
>> when in doubt, throw it out. but also, the taste test . if it tastes funny, spit it out. the last thing you want to add is sickness and food poisoning to everything else that's going on. i just said err on the side of caution.
>> as you're looking at what to do for next time, because we're hearing there could be another nor'easter coming our way. much of the country could see another storm later this year. what are some things we should stock up on?
>> it sounds silly, and i know a lot of people after the storms last year were like i'm going to get a generator, and all of a sudden comes sandy and they're like i never got a generator. i know they're a thousand dollars, $3,000, you don't need that. you can get away with a $200 generator, something that will keep your refrigerator going.
>> this will not run a whole house, though.
>> but you have to prioritize. what do i want to run? my refrigerator. or i might want to run my sub-pump. if i start getting water in my basement, i have a generator to start getting my sub pump going.
>> i want to charge my cell phone .
>> these are great for that. you can charge it up off another generator. and basically, you can charge your cell phones , your laptops. we use it to plug a nice lamp in.
>> our power came back last week. give me your cell phone .
>> i'll send it home with you.
>> but it's amazing. first and foremost, you don't want to have candles or kerosene lamps going around your house because of the fire dangers. this is an l.e.d. lamp. it's fantastic.
>> those batteries last forever. we have one we bought for irene that we didn't use. we're using it a lot now. three aa batteries , it's going nonstop.
>> have ever different size of battery you can. aas, aaas.
>> this is a rare commodity right now in the new york area. the d battery .
>> we could make a lot of money off that battery.
>> there's a line forming as we speak for those batteries.
>> as you're getting ready for hurricane and you're like oh, my gosh, my radio. it takes cs. take those steps, make sure you have the right battery so that when the power does go out, you have everything you need.
>> this is a big help. there will be other storms and people will lose power so thanks for this important advice.
>> and the last thing is have a ready bag with water, food, and a radio. so worst case scenario , you get flushed out of your house, off few things that help you last 72 hours .
>> thank you, george. good to see you.