Hurricane Preparedness

June 29, 2010

With the fast approaching hurricane season, it is crucial that persons begin making hurricane preparedness plans. This plan includes creating a hurricane supply kit and a family plan which include families discussing what they will do during and after the passage of a hurricane.

When developing the Family Plan, family members should all be aware of the approved hurricane shelters in their area for 2010. Everyone should also be clear on escape routes, places to meet and what to do with their pets in case there is a need to evacuate their homes. Persons should also know the vulnerability of their homes to flooding and strong winds and should review their insurance coverage to know if it is offered for the different hazards. Also, families should remember to develop a hurricane supply kit.

The Hurricane Supply Kit should include the following items:

  • Food (enough to last for 3 to 7 days)
    • Non perishable items
    • Paper plates and utensils
    • Fuel for cooking
  • Water (enough to last a person for 3 to 7 days)
  • Clothing
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toiletries/Hygienic Products
  • Essential Documents
    • These must be sealed in a water tight plastic bag or waterproof container.
  • Cash
  • Battery Operated Radio
  • Special Products
    • Baby products and other items used for elderly persons.
  • Bed Linen
  • Flashlight/Extra Batteries
  • Prescription Drugs/Medicines

For other important information, persons should contact the National Disaster Management Agency.