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Hurricane Disaster Kit Preparation Recommendations
UPDATED August 21, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
- Stock up on 3 to 7 days` worth of non-perishable food -- don`t forget the can opener.
- One gallon of drinking water per person per day for 3-7 days.
- Have flashlights for every person in the home.
- Include a battery-powered weather radio for updates on the situation of the disaster.
- Pillows and blankets.
- Supply of batteries.
- Cash (low denomination bills recommended).
- First Aid Kit.
- Make safety improvements to your home.
- Strengthen areas that wind can enter such as the roof, window shutters, reinforced garage and front doors.
- Remember to check the building codes. They will reflect the lessons experts have learned from previous seasons.
- Check with the local experts. They have the expertise for your area.
- Plywood should be cut and pre-drilled to fit windows and doors.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard.
- Know where your local community shelter is located, in case your home is not safe.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact; so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Hotels often do not allow pets and pet-friendly shelters often fill up.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Attend First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
- With a pet on board, it is important to evacuate early.
- Bring the brand of food the pet regularly eats. Due to stress, the pet may have stomach problems. Having the food they are accustomed too will help minimize this.
- Pets should be equipped with a collar, tags and microchip tracking technology.
- All medical papers should be copied and packed in your evacuation kit.
- A cage and/or carrier of proper size should be clean and ready to go before evacuations are called.
- Leashes and restraints are required at most shelters. Be sure to have a set packed into your kit.
- Evacuations are commonly called for places that are prone to flooding and storm surge. Check with local authorities to see if your house is in a flood-prone zone.
- If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Have an extra supply of fuel for your vehicle.
- Pack all medications. Have a copy of the prescription in case you need a refill or lose you medicine.
- Being fully prepared allows for a smoother ride through the storm and less damage to the home.
- If you are not in a flood-prone or low-lying area, evacuation orders are less likely. It is more crucial that you and your property are secured.
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