Hurricane Preparedness Tips

  1. Locate a safe room within your home keeping in mind that the safest place may not be within your home but elsewhere in the community.
  2. Have a Family Disaster Plan in place with a pre-determined escape route and designated meeting place in the event you are   separated from your family members.
  3. Include pets in your planning – food, treats, leash, carrier or cage.
  4. Check your insurance coverage.
  5. Brace or board windows and doors.
  6. Remove any yard debris and secure outdoor furniture, trash cans, etc.
  7. Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
  8. Emergency phone numbers should be listed near the phone as well as stored in your cell phone, and make sure your children know how to and when to dial 911.
  9. Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit – items to include:

• Water – 1 gallon daily per person for 3-7 days
• Non-perishable packaged or canned food for at least 3-7 days
• Non-electric can opener
• Cooking tools/fuel
• Paper plates/plastic utensils
• Blankets/pillows
• Clothing including rain gear and sturdy shoes
• First aid kit/over-the-counter medicine and prescription medication
• Toiletries, hygiene items, moisture wipes, antibacterial gel, diapers
• Flashlights and batteries
• Cell phones  – fully charged with extra battery, and a traditional corded phone
• Cash – with some small bills and credit cards
• Important documents in waterproof container including Insurance information for both home and health insurance coverage, medical records (for pets   as well as some shelters may not take your animal without proof of immunizations), bank account numbers, etc.
• Keys
• Tools