Preparing for Hurricane Season 2016

In July 11, 2016

If you happen to find yourself in a part of the country that has recently been hit by a hurricane, you’re well aware that hurricane season is fast approaching. Knowing how to prepare for a hurricane and thinking quickly can mean the difference between life and death. Preparing for hurricane season means having everything on hand and easily accessible in your time of crisis. Having everything you need in the event that the weather starts to get bad will ensure you’re best chances of staying warm, safe and hopefully getting out of harm’s way before the full force of the storm hits. A hurricane survival checklist or a hurricane supply checklist is a great place to begin when preparing your plan of action during a dangerous storm.

Hurricane Supply Checklist:

  • Drinking water – One gallon per person per day is the basic rule for water consumption. Make sure you’ve got enough for pets too.
  • Water for Sanitation – Fill containers, bathtubs or sinks with water to use for flushing toilets and cleaning. This water is not for drinking.
  • Water Purification Tablets – For water that you have been told to boil, water purification tablets are used to make your water drinkable.
  • Copies of your certified vital documents – Kept dry in a Ziploc bag, keeping an extra copy of your certified vital documents can help in the event that disaster strikes and you are unable to retrieve your papers after a storm.
  • Non-Perishable food – A supply for 7-14 days is a reasonable amount of food to have on hand. Canned foods, canned beverages, spices and other staples (in airtight containers), granola bars, cookies, etc.
  • Utensils – Can opener, plates, plastic ware
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Multi-tool
  • Baby items – If you have an infant, be sure to have enough formula, diapers, and other essential needs in one place in the event of an emergency.
  • Sanitary items – Toilet paper, feminine products, soap, toothpaste, bleach, towels, etc.
  • First Aid Kit – Band-Aids, gauze, scissors, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape, thermometer, non-prescription drugs (Advil, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol etc.) and any prescription medication you may be on.
  • Clothing – Warm changes of clothing, appropriate footwear, rain gear, jackets
  • Bedding – Pillows, extra blankets, tents, sleeping bags
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Clock
  • Matches
  • Ziploc Baggies
  • Flashlight
  • Ladder

Hurricane Safety Tips:

  • Have a disaster plan in place
  • Have your supply list completely fulfilled
  • Board up windows
  • Know your evacuation routes and if advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Ensure you have sufficient fuel, food and water for all members of your family
  • During the storm, stay inside, and well protected in a predetermined secure room
  • Monitor emergency broadcasting for updates and weather news
  • A lull in the storm often means the eye is overhead, do not exit your secure space. Remain inside until you are 100% certain the storm has passed
  • Ensure the storm has completely passed before exiting your secure space
  • Stay away from downed power lines, report them as soon as possible

Storm preparation includes having food and supplies stocked up and easily accessible when you most need it. Following a hurricane safety checklist may be the #1 best way to keep you and your loved ones safe. A hurricane with enough force and momentum can rip homes and personal items from you in mere moments. Replacing everything you owned is nothing in comparison to a lost life, so please have a disaster plan in place. Following survival checklists and having all the supplies you need will make the unpleasant ordeal of a hurricane a little more bearable.

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