As we all know, hurricanes are part of living along the Gulf of Mexico. 2 years ago, Hurricane Sally hit our island and most of us suffered loss. What we thought was going to be a small storm suddenly turned into our worst nightmare. We were all very unprepared for what would happen in the days to come.
The next morning after Sally hit, when we all stepped outside to see the disaster that had occurred. We all swore to ourselves that we would be prepared for any storm small or large that might hit our beautiful island again. So, on that note, we took the time to compile a thorough list of ways for everyone to be better prepared if a storm is to hit us this year.
Make Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan
We should all start by creating our hurricane preparedness plan. You can start this by following these steps.
Review your home insurance policy — check that all your valuable possessions are covered for natural disasters such as a hurricane
Know where to get hurricane alerts and information from
Choose an evacuation route
Secure your home — Declutter your drains and gutters, Bring in outside furniture, toys, and plants, Consider putting up hurricane shutters or the alternative, putting up plywood over your windows, and Consider cutting down overgrown limbs on trees close to the house/windows.
Items to include in your emergency supplies kit
Your disaster supplies kit should include the following items:
Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Whistle (to signal for help)
Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
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)
Manual can opener (for food)
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, or laxatives
Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Cash or traveler's checks
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records are saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children store them securely. You must also keep your cell phone charged during hurricane season and have a spare battery and charger.
What documents to keep safe during hurricane season
You should always make sure that your documents are safe also in case you need a form of identification.
Here are some essential documents to secure before hurricane season:
Vital Records including marriage, divorce, and birth certificate
Passport and driver’s license
Social security cards
Property deeds and other proof of ownership
Living and last wills
Returning Home After a Hurricane
Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.
Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.