Things You Will Need
Bottled Water (enough for one gallon per person per day), Non perishable foods (enough for 3 to 7 days), Plastic utensils and paper plates, Non-electric can opener, Battery operated radio, Extra batteries, Books and games, Pet care items, First aid kit, Prescription and over the counter drugs, Blankets and pillows, Extra cloths and sturdy shoes, Lighter and waterproof matches, Sunscreen, Cash
Develop your disaster plan now and put it into effect when a hurricane watch is announced. Your plan needs to include your pets. Most shelters will not allow pets. Map out the best evacuation route and establish a meeting place for family members should you have to evacuate separately. Fill your cars gas tank as stations can not pump fuel when the power has been knocked out. This is also true of ATM's and credit card machines at stores. They don't work when there is no power so get cash ahead of time. A cell phone charger for your car can be used to charge your cell phone even when the local power is out.
Make a list of the important documents you will need to copy. These should include financial records such as wills, bank records, credit card information, insurance information, social security cards, birth certificates, deeds to property, and a household inventory including serial numbers and photographs or videos of your possessions. Also, items that have sentimental value should be copied and saved along with legal documents. I have provided a link in the resource section below to an article on documents to copy to be prepared in the event of a disaster.
Take the necessary steps to protect your home and property. Install shutters or 5/8 inch plywood over windows, glass doors and skylights. Make sure that double-entry doors are secured at the top and bottom and that your garage door has approved bracing. Remove any objects outside that could become airborne and trim trees and shrubs that could fall and damage your home.
Prepare your disaster kit using the information in the Things You'll Need Section above. Keep the supplies in waterproof containers and mark food items with the date purchased.
The start of the hurricane season is an ideal reminder of how natural disasters can happen to anyone. The time to develop a disaster plan that includes a well thought out disaster kit is well before the National Weather Service and local officials issue a hurricane watch or warning. Now is a good time to gather the materials and get prepared.
Tips & Warnings
Make copying important documents a yearly ritual as things change over the course of time., Verify the freshness of food and batteries in your kit several times a year.
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