Hurricane Safety – It’s better to be safe than sorry
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Benjamin Franklin
Prevention and preparation are the best way to deal with any emergency situation and those of us that live here in Florida know that well. Hurricane season is right around the corner, beginning June 1, and there is no time like the present to get your plan in place. A good preparedness plan can make all the difference. This hurricane season, I encourage you to plan and prepare well in advance. Here are some helpful tips to make your plan a great one:
- Put together an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food for up to three days. Don’t forget a manual can opener. In the event of power loss, the electric ones will not work!
- Drinking water – Have a minimum of one gallon of drinking water per person per day. Also juice boxes and soft drinks may be a welcome change. Don’t forget your pets, they need water too.
- Protect your home – Check the roof for loose shingles or those in need of repair. Protect exterior windows and secure all loose items around your home.
- Medications – Make sure to have an ample amount of personal medications and prescriptions.
- Cash on hand – Have some cash on hand because you will not be able to access ATM’s in the event of a power failure.
- Radios and batters – Have flashlights and a battery-powered radio to get regular updates on the storm and recovery efforts. Make sure to have enough batteries on hand. Have car chargers to charge your cell phone.
- Evacuations – What will you do in the event of an evacuation? Where will you go? Make sure to let relatives and friends know if you are leaving and where you can be reached.
- Pet Shelters and some hotels do not take pets. If you have to evacuate, have a plan in place for your pets and remember to take supplies with you for them. Food, water, toys as well as vaccination records and any needed medications.
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