Here are a few helpful items to know in order to prepare for an approaching hurricane.
Know Hurricane Terms
Hurricane Watch – A hurricane is possible within thirty-six hours. Stay tuned for additional information.
Hurricane Warning – A hurricane is expected within twenty-four hours. You may be advised to evacuate. If so, evacuate immediately.
Ask your local emergency preparedness office about evacuation plans. Learn evacuation routes.
Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated from one another in the hurricane.
Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
Board up windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection. Also, you can use 5/8â€ marine plywood. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
Know how to shut off utilities.
Make a record of your personal property.
Consider flood insurance and purchase it well in advance.
Disaster Supplies Kit
Plan on one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking, washing, cooking, and sanitation.
Store as much as possible in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles.
Avoid using breakable containers, such as glass bottles or mason jars.
Store at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
Choose foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking.
Choose foods that are healthy and high nutrition type.
Supplies and Equipment
A battery operated radio with extra batteries
A flashlight with extra batteries
Blankets or sleeping bags
Paper plates and utensils, including a non-electric can opener
Candles and matches in a waterproof container
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and other personal grooming items
Paper towels and toilet paper
First aid kit and medicines