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Preparing for the Worst Scenario with Hurricanes

Hurricane Preparation 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.