As we approach peak Hurricane season, it is important to focus on preparing before the storm. The National Hurricane Center has composed a basic list for a home disaster supply kit. Please remember to include any medications, pet food and supplies, and important home documents such as home and car insurance. For a more detailed list and additional information on hurricane preparedness, please visit The National Hurricane Center website. Below is a basic list of supplies to get your kit started.
1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
4. Flashlight and extra batteries
5. First aid kit
6. Whistle to signal for help
7. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
10. Manual can opener for food
11. Local maps
12. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
After the Storm
What you do after a hurricane is almost as important as before the storm hits. It is important to remain indoors until you are certain there is no risk from flying or falling objects. Many accidents and deaths occur after a major storm due to electrocution from down power lines, falling tree branches, and other hazards. Be safe when operating tree trimming equipment and if you are using a grill to prepare food, please remember to use it outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
Once the area around your home is safe and cleared, be sure to follow local official instructions as to the safe areas to go. Local power companies are usually out in full force after a storm, so it is essential that we steer clear and let them work so that power can be restored as quickly as possible.