2020 Hurricane season is here. Just like you, we need to get ready too. So we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to make sure you are ready before and after incase of emergency.
Make a Plan:
How will you get emergency alerts? (even when the power is out)
Where will you go incase of evacuation?
Do you have emergency cash set aside?
Have you checked and restocked your emergency kit?
Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
Check your Emergency Kit:
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: (according to https://www.ready.gov/kit)
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 a 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 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
Strengthen your Home:
Declutter your drains and gutters
Bring in outside furniture, toys, and plants
Consider putting up hurricane shutter or the alternative, putting up ply wood over your windows.
Consider cutting down over grown limbs on trees close to the house/windows.
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.
Information came from www.ready.gov