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Be prepared during Hurricane Season
The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through November. The time to prepare for a hurricane is well before one is forecast for the area. An important first step is to build an emergency kit.
According to Ready.gov, your disaster supply kit should include a collection of the basic items your household may need during an emergency. The kit should include supplies for all members of the household (including pets) to cover at least a 72-hour time frame. Keep in mind that gas, water, electricity and telephones may be out for days.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of its “Ready” campaign, suggests the following items in your emergency supply kit:
- Water, one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables; protein or fruit bars; peanut butter; dry cereal or granola; crackers; non-perishable pasteurized milk; high energy food; comfort/stress foods)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air; plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
Additional items to consider:
- Prescription medication and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet(s)
- Important family documents to include copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records
- Cash or traveler’s checks and change
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Change of clothing to include long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Mess kits, paper cups/plates, plastic utensils and paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
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