Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

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3 Person Disaster KitYou’ve heard a hurricane’s coming, so, now, you need to make sure you have the supplies to get ready for the storm, last through it, and recover once it’s gone.

For most in these situations, hurricanes are known to cut off water and power while flooding and blocking roads, which may mean help takes longer to arrive. So, to get ready for the storm, follow these tips:

Before the Storm

  1. Remove all items, including furniture, tools, and equipment, from the outside and store them indoors.
  2. Remove all dead branches from your trees.
  3. Board up your windows
  4. Fill all gas containers.
  5. Make sure your furniture is situated away from the windows.
  6. Store all important documents in waterproof containers.
  7. Have an extra supply of all medications.
  8. Stay up to date with the latest hurricane watches and warnings.
 

As a note, a watch indicates a hurricane could become a threat within 48 hours, while a warning means you should expect a storm over the next 36 hours. For this latter warning, put your storm preparation plan into place, which may involve having to leave the area.

Building Up Supplies

Within your home and additionally your vehicle, make sure you have a disaster preparedness kit with the following:

  • At least five gallons of water per person, with enough to last three to five days.
  • Nonperishable food for three to five days.
  • A first aid kit with instructions.
  • A battery-powered NOAA radio
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • A battery-operated radio.
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • A clock
  • Plastic garbage bags.
  • Extra blankets
  • A pair of gloves
  • A sleeping bag or extra blankets.
  • Supplies to purify your water, such as iodine tablet or chlorine bleach.
  • Personal care products, such as hand sanitizer, soap, toothpaste, diapers, and wet cleaning cloths.
 

Within your home, all above items need to be in an easily accessible spot.

For your car, make sure to include:

  • A supply of canned food and a can opener.
  • Flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Maps
  • An emergency tool kit
  • First aid supplies
  • A fire extinguisher
  • Flashlight
  • A blanket or a sleeping bag
 

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