Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are unstoppable forces of nature – but with sensible planning before and after one strikes, it may be possible to limit the amount of personal danger and disruption such a storm brings.

The Red Cross recommends a number of safety steps before, during, and after a hurricane strikes. Amongst these are:

  1. Make sure your emergency/evacuation kit is fully replenished and ready to go. This should include:
    • One gallon of drinking water per person, per day (evacuation slated as 3 days)
    • Non-perishable food, easily prepared (3 days worth)
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Multi-purpose tool
    • Cell phones with chargers
    • Emergency blanket
    • Family and emergency contact information
    • Maps of the area
    • Personal necessities
      • Medications and medical items
      • Sanitation and other hygiene products
      • Copies of personal documents (medication/medical list, proof of address, insurance cards, etc.)
    • Extra cash
  1. Also consider these items:

  1. If staying in home, think of doing these:
    • Fill as many plastic bottles as are available with clean water for drinking
    • Fill bathtub and sinks with water for toilet flushing and/or washing clothes or floors
    • Fill your car’s gas tank
    • Unplug all unnecessary small appliances to avoid a later power surge; turn off all propane tanks
    • Secure or bring into home outdoor items like furniture that can be dangerously tossed by the wind
    • Listen to local or NOAA radio for updates
  1. During a storm:
    • Stay indoors; do not walk on beaches or in floodwater
    • Use flashlights to guide you in the dark
    • Continue to listen for updates on NOAA or local radio
  1. After the hurricane passes:
    • Remember the rain and potential flooding are still emergent
    • Contact family and friends to let them know you’re safe; register yourself as ‘safe and well’ on websites
    • Don’t use water that might be contaminated – not for brushing teeth, washing dishes, washing hands, or with any food preparation (including making ice or baby formula)
  1. When returning home, please consider:
    • Staying away if standing water surrounds your residence
    • Remaining clear from loose or downed power lines – report these immediately to the power company
    • Checking on your family’s emotional state – be able to talk through events and express feelings

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Thank you, and please stay safe.