As Hurricane Irma approaches the U.S. coast, I have compiled some hurricane prep tips. There are lots of things you can do around your home now to save some time. You don’t want to forget something if Hurricane Irma continues to come our way at the end of the week! No list is perfect because we all have our own unique circumstances. Hopefully, this list will help get you moving in the right direction. Enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has comprehensive information on hurricane preparedness at home and in your community at Ready.gov/hurricanes.
Prepare Your Hurricane Kit
- Water – At least 1 gallon of water per person/ animal per day for at least 3 days.
- Food- At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Radio- A battery-powered radio with NOAA weather radio tone alert and extra batteries.
- Flashlight- Make sure you have extra batteries as well.
- First Aid Kit
- Manual Can Opener – If the electricity is out, you would need some way to open your canned food.
- Cell Phone – Make sure you have extra battery packs or a solar charger to keep your phone on.
- Prescription Medications
- Important family documents – Make sure you have copies of insurance policies and some form of state issued ID.
- Sturdy shoes – Think about pulling out those rain boots and sneakers.
- You can view FEMA’s recommendations for building your kit at this link.
- If anyone has any prescriptions, make sure you have enough for at least a week.
- Request refills from your pharmacy in enough time if you are starting to run low as they may not be available for some time after the storm.
Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
Make Plans for Your Pets
Make plans to care for your animals. Your pets will need enough food, medicine and water to also weather out the storm with you. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Keep a leash handy to be able to keep any pets under control, they will be scared as well. You can find specific tips for preparing your pets and animals.
- Plywood: Nailing plywood over windows is still the best option for protecting the inside of your house.
- Sand bags: If you live in a low area, especially, use sand bags to dispel water.
- Bring outside furniture indoors: Move patio furniture and pool toys into the garage.
- Turn off utilities if you leave: Before evacuating, shut off power, propane gas and water, but leave on natural gas unless told to do so by authorities. A licensed professional is the only one who can turn it back on.
- Anchor mobile homes: Pre-1994 construction mobile homes probably aren’t anchored well enough to stand even Category 1 hurricanes.
- Buy impact resistant glass: Well before you hear about any storms, replace older windows with higher resistance ones.
- Lock windows and doors: Lock up your windows and doors for personal safety and to keep the wind from blowing them open.
- Prune trees and shrubs: Loose limbs and plants will fly around easily when the winds pick up.
- Get storm shutters: Place these over glass doors, windows and skylights.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Make sure these will work even if the power is out.
- Buy tarps and rope: Already have these items on hand so that you can start repairs as quickly as possible to prevent more damage.
- Fill bathtub with water: If you’re going to get hit pretty badly, give your family an extra supply of water by filling a sanitized bathtub.
Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio
You can find the location and frequency of your nearest NOAA Weather Radio transmitter by using the index located at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/nwrbro.htm.
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