Have your hurricane emergency plan up to date.
Hurricane season is upon us once again, with peak season between mid-August to late October. These strong tropical storms can leave a wide wake of destruction in their path. Being prepared is your best defense.
Developing a Plan
- Identify where you will go if you need to evacuate - i.e., relative, friend, public shelter, etc.
- Prepare your hurricane supplies-refer to the list provided for guidance on supplies.
- Stay informed of the latest updates and evacuation orders.
- Prepare a detailed list of information about the specifics of your medication regime.
- Consult your physician and medical supply vendors to make sure you are adequately prepared for a hurricane.
- Contact your local emergency information management office if you have any concerns.
- Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability and/or medical condition.
Emergency Supply Checklist
You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:
- Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food- enough for at least 3 to 7 days; non-perishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snack foods, juice, foods for infants or those with strict diets
- Non-electric can opener, paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups
- Grill, cooking tools, fuel, charcoal
- Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, etc.
- Clothing – seasonal/rain gear/sturdy shoes or boots
- First Aid Kit, prescriptions, medications, sun screen, aloe and bug spray
- Special items for babies, elders, persons with disabilities
- Toiletries – hygiene items and sanitation wipes
- Flashlights and batteries – do not use candles
- Extra house and car keys, office keys and name badge
- Cash – banks/ATMs may not be available after the storm
- Radio- battery operated or hand cranked radio, NOAA weather radio
- Toys, books, games
- Important documents in a waterproof container – include insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security Cards, birth and marriage certificates, etc.
- Document all valuables
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle – keep your motor vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items – pet food and water, proper identification, medical records, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash, medications
- List of important numbers – including your country emergency management office, evacuations sites, doctors, bank, area schools, veterinarian, etc.
Especially for Seniors
- Stock up on food, water and supplies before the hurricane season starts.
- Have at least a two-week supply of your medications.
- Stay aware of weather conditions.
- Make plans in advance, whether you need to evacuate if you decide to stay.
- If you need to evacuate, team up with a partner, neighbor or relative and plan your evacuation together.
- Make plans in advance to stay with friends or relatives living on higher ground.