With Hurricane Florence quickly approaching the Southeastern states, it’s important to prepare yourself in the event of a disaster. This means having your emergency kits packed, planning an evacuation route if necessary, and knowing what to do in its aftermath. We’ve assembled a checklist of helpful Hurricane Preparedness Tips for you:
Pack a kit of basic supplies:
Remember to include at least a 3 day water supply per person and for pets, too.
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food & a manual can opener
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- Baby items (if applicable) – food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
- Pet supplies (if applicable) – food, medications if needed, cage, leash, collar, tags, medical records
- Flashlight & extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Phone numbers and medical contacts
- Paper products – toilet paper, cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
- Prescription & non-prescription medications
- Glasses and contact lense solution
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Extra clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Toiletries & personal hygiene items
If you need to evacuate, make an action plan in advance. If you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will accept them beforehand.
After the storm:
In the aftermath of a hurricane, remember these important safety rules:
- Do NOT run a generator indoors – Carbon monoxide emissions are deadly.
- Do NOT use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – Carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great.
- Do NOT walk in flooded waters – Limit contact with flood water. Alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water.
- Do NOT forget about your pets – They are part of your family.
Be ready before disaster strikes. Stay safe out there.