When a severe storm is forecasted to be heading your way, be properly prepared. Damaging winds and power outages, as well as major local river and coastal flooding, can become a serious threat. In preparation for the hurricane, here are some emergency kit supplies to have on hand and things to check in case of a major hit.
Not knowing when or where a hurricane may land is stressful ― but there are ways to be prepared for the worst of the storm. Some ways residents can get ready for bad weather include:
- Develop a family evacuation plan.
- Have a Signal horn in an emergency kit in the house. Use the clip to have it with you at all times.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Fill your car’s gas tank, as gas stations are vulnerable to power outages.
- Stock up on enough water and non-perishable food items that could last each person in the home up to five days. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water daily per person.
- Put together an emergency kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, and rain gear.
- Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
- Have enough cash on hand in case ATMs and banks are not open.
- Keep important documents such as insurance cards, medical records, bank account numbers, birth certificates or social security cards in a waterproof or watertight container or resealable plastic bag.
- Keep all of your prescription medicines in a plastic bag, and keep it with you.
- Don’t forget your pets. Bring your pets indoors.
- Have at least 3 days’ worth of pet food, bottled water, and supplies for your pet.
- It’s also a good idea to keep emergency supplies in your car.
For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the American Red Cross website.