Develop a disaster plan ahead of time to limit confusion and panic:
Know your risk. Learn what disasters might affect your area. Determine whether you are in an evacuation zone or a flood zone.
Pick two meeting places. One should be just outside your home for sudden events like a fire, and the other should be outside of your neighborhood in case you can't get home.
Choose a contact person. Choose someone outside of the area to handle communications. Family members should call this person to report their location. In addition, send copies of important papers to this person.
Keep your contact information up to date. This information should be in your phone. Make emergency contact cards to carry with you.
Plan ahead for possible evacuations. Figure out if and when you would have to evacuate, where you would go and how you would get there.
Make sure your hurricane kit includes:
Flashlights & extra bulbs
Batteries (in different sizes!)
First aid kit
Clock (wind-up or battery-powered)
Plastic garbage bags
Prepare your house in case of a possible storm:
Remove outdoor items
Trim dead branches from trees
Board up windows
Fill gas tanks and extra containers
Get extra cash
Move furniture away from windows
Store important documents in waterproof containers
Extra supply of medicines
Food and Water
Pack enough non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days.
Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day)
Two coolers One for drinks, one for food
Manual can opener
Dry pet food
Feminine hygiene items
First aid kit
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