Thanks to modern technology, hurricanes are predictable. Tracking a storm for days up until landfall is common and allows us to make preparations in advance. Anyone in the path of a hurricane should have supplies ready and plan for evacuation if need be. The following are some things you can do to keep you and your family safe.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE THE STORM
- Calmly inform children about the hurricane in simple terms
- Create a Family Hurricane Plan that all family members can remember and execute, this includes taking care of pets.
- Make a Disaster Supply Kit and store it in an easy-to-carry bag or container
- Practice your family hurricane plan so if needed, your family can evacuate safely and quickly.
- Reinforce your home (windows, openings, roofing, etc.)
CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
- One gallon of water per person for 7 days
- Enough food for 3 – 7 days
- Non-perishable foods and juices
- Baby food (if needed)
- Manual can opener
- Cooking tools/fuel
- Paper plates/plastic utensils
- Blankets/Pillows, etc.
- Clothing including rain gear and sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit/Medicines/Prescription Drugs
- Special items—for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries/hygienic products
- Hand crank-operated radio
- Keys Toys, Books, and Games
- Important documents sealed in a waterproof container/bag
- Gas up your car(s)
CREATE A FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
- Know the weak points in your home and discuss your family.
- Find a safe room in your home in case you need protection from a potential hurricane hazard
- Find the best escape routes from your home and places to meet loved ones.
- Have a single point of contact for your family, preferably someone out-of-state.
- Create an evacuation plan for your pets.
- Make sure your children know how and when to call 9-1-1 and have a list of other emergency phone numbers available
- Check your insurance coverage to make sure it includes flood damage
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Hurricane Supply Kit.
- Use a hand crank operated radio to stay informed
- Learn first aid/CPR
PREPARE YOUR HOME
- Install backflow valves in your sewer traps to prevent floodwaters from backing up into the drains of your home.
- Bring patio furniture, lawn decorations, tools, trash cans, planters, etc. inside.
- Clean rain gutters and downspouts.
- Seal walls and openings with water-proofing compounds.
- Take photographs of your home for insurance purposes.
- Know how to turn off electricity, gas, and water if advised to do so by authorities.
Emergency Alerts – https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
National Hurricane Center – https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/