If you live in the Sunshine State, you know the drill: A “Tropical Depression” forms over the Atlantic. Said tropical depression becomes a “Tropical Storm”. That tropical storm all of a sudden is assigned a name, and before you know it, we have a full scale hurricane coming right for us. Or the Carolinas. Or maybe Virginia Beach. Or potentially New York. If you follow the European model.
That being said “hurricane preparedness” is a term that lives in a Floridian’s vocabulary. We know how to prepare for the best of them, so we’re here to break things down for you, so you can prepare your house and your family for an upcoming hurricane!
What to do before:
Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio so you can get the scoop on the latest conditions.
Check that you have all your hurricane supplies (see list below). Replace or restock if needed.
Bring in items that can be blown away by wind (ex. Bicycles, lawn chairs).
If you have impact glass, close all windows and doors. If you have shutters, close all of them. If you don’t have impact glass or hurricane shutters, board up windows and doors with plywood.
Turn the refrigerator to the coldest setting so your food will last longer in the event of a power outage.
Unplug small appliances and turn off propane tanks.
Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car.
Create an evacuation plan with the members of your household. Be aware of local flood and evacuation areas.
Evaluate your current flood insurance coverage.
Supplies you’ll need:
1.Water — one gallon per person per day and enough for at least 3 days
2. Food — at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
5. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
Don't forget to order one before the next hurricane comes!
6. Extra batteries
7. First aid kit
8. At least a 7 day supply of medications and any medical items you may need (ex. hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses)
9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items
10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
11. Cell phone with chargers
Better yet, get portable chargers for when the lights go out!
12. Family and emergency contact information
13. Extra cash
14. Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
15. Pet supplies (collar, leash, food, carrier, bowl)
16. Any tools or supplies you may need for securing your home