May 7th through the 13th is National Hurricane Preparedness week. In the spirit of this week, we wanted to discuss how to be prepared for a hurricane. One key to being ready for a hurricane is preparing in advance.
Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit:
Basic Supplies Should Include:
- Water – one gallon per person, per day
- Food – nonperishable, easy to prepare items
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7 day supply)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Cell phones and chargers
- Family & emergency contact information
- Copies of personal documents
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Extra cash
- Emergency blankets
- Maps of the area
Have a Household Evacuation Plan
Due to the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, it is necessary that you and your family prepare a household evacuation plan. This plan should include what will happen with the entire family, including your pets. Discussing this plan with your family will allow things to run more smoothly in the event of an emergency.
Keep important documents, insurance policies, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. There may be a situation where you need quick, easy access to these documents. Keeping them in a safe place allows them to be less likely to be damaged by a hurricane or flooding.
It is always beneficial to stay informed about the risks and response plans in the event of a coming hurricane. Staying informed is one of the best ways to keep your family safe.
For more information on how to prepare your household for a hurricane, check out the Red Cross website!