Hurricane season began on June 1. Have you begun to think about preparing for the event of a hurricane watch or an evacuation?
There are several steps you should take to ensure that you and your family are safe. Here are just a few ways you can be prepared for hurricane season:
Create a Disaster Supply Kit
A basic disaster supply kit should contain enough water to last 3-7 days for each person in your family, non-perishable food to last 3-7 days, clothing, a first aid kit, items for children or elderly adults in the family, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery operated radio, important documents such as insurance and medical records (in a water-tight bag), and a small tool set.
Have a Family Plan
Your family should have a plan including: what to do you if you are separated when a hurricane watch/ warning goes into effect, what rooms of the house are safest, determine an emergency contact person who lives out of the state, determine escape routes from the house and places to meet if separated, and an evacuation plan.
Prepare Your Home
If you have time before evacuating for a hurricane, secure your home in any way possible including protecting and reinforcing the roof, doors, garage doors and other areas. Learn more about how to secure your home here.
Learn About Your City
Take time to learn about your city's disaster preparedness. What evacuation route you should take, where shelters are located, etc.
Having a plan is the most important way to keep safe in the event of a hurricane or any natural disaster. In the video below, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate explains the importance of having a hurricane plan: