Once a hurricane makes landfall, the time to prepare has passed. Even the days before the hurricane strikes can be too late, since grocery stores are emptied of all the essentials by those who are fortunate enough to be there first, before the crowds arrive.
The time to prepare for hurricanes – and any disaster – is now. Make sure you have emergency kits you can grab on your way out the door, food and water to take as you evacuate or to keep you going should you be unable to leave your home and be forced ride out the storm, and other gear to provide protection from the elements and all it brings. By preparing in advance, you ensure you and your family will always have the resources you need to weather the storm and enjoy a safer, more comfortable tomorrow.
FOOD AND WATER
Store enough for at least 3 days. Foods that are nonperishable, need no refrigeration, little cooking and no water, compact and lightweight. 1 gallon of water per person per day, canned meats, fruits, veggies, staples like sugar, salt, pepper, high energy foods like peanut butter, jelly, crackers, trail mix, granola bars, Special needs food for infants, elderly, special diets, Vitamins, Instant coffee, tea, hard candy
• Sterile adhesive bandages and gauze pads and adhesive tape, antiseptic
• Scissors, tweezers and needle
• Moistened towelettes
• Tongue blades
• Petroleum jelly or lubricant
• Safety pins
• Cleansing soap
• Latex gloves
• Special prescriptions, or special needs medications
• Aspirin and/or non-aspirin pain reliever
• Anti-diarrhea medication • Antacid
• Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting if advised by Poison Control Center)
• Medicine dropper
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
• Plastic and paper eating supplies, can opener, knives, aluminum foil, storage containers
• Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, feminine supplies, disinfectant, plastic bags)
• Baby supplies (diapers, formula)
• Special needs supplies for anyone with a special condition
• Contact lenses, extra glasses, sunglasses
• Extra clothes, shoes, and bedding supplies
• Battery-operated radio, flashlight, matches, candles
• Fire extinguisher, pliers, tape, compass, paper, pencil, shut off wrench, whistle
• Plastic sheeting
• Map of area
WHAT SUPPLIES TO BRING TO THE SHELTER
• First aid kit • Medicine, prescriptions • Baby food and diapers • Games, books, music players with headphones • Toiletries • Battery-powered radio and cell phone • Flashlights • Extra Batteries • Blanket or sleeping bag • Identification • Copies of important papers -Insurance policies
PLEASE TO REMEMBER TOO FULL YOUR CARS/TRUCKS WITH GAS
10 Reasons to Safeguard Your Home Against Any Hurricanes
1. Increases your home value. Building features that increase your home’s hurricane resistance also increase its market value.
2. Reduces the likelihood that you will need to evacuate (unless ordered to do so by the authorities). Homes built or can withstand winds of up to 130 mph, a Category 3 storm.
3. Improves your overall hurricane recovery time.
4. Reduces the amount and extent of damage to your home from wind storms.
5. Reduces your out-of-pocket expenses after a storm.
6. Reduces the likelihood of an insurance claim.
7. Prevents injury to your family from wind-borne debris.
8. Can lower your insurance premium. By law, all licensed insurance companies must offer discounts on premiums for hurricane-strengthening features.
9. Helps prevent damage to neighboring homes.
10. Ensures your home meets statewide building codes for hurricane-resistance.