Preparing For a Hurricane
Hurricanes are no laughing matter. Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to an area, but luckily they are somewhat easy to predict so you will have time to prepare. Here is a comprehensive list to help you and your family prepare for a hurricane.
Preparing for evacuation
- First off let me say DO NOT leave your pets outside, much less tied up. Animals are as susceptible to the dangers of sever weather as humans, please take them with you!
- Book a hotel early because prices will surely increase. All La Quintas allow pets. See the resources at the bottom of the page to find more hotels that are pet friendly.
- Plan your route before hand because waiting to leave until last minute can cause major traffic jams.
- Board up your windows with either plywood or hurricane shutters.
- Fill up your gas tanks as early as possible as gas will go up soon after news of a hurricane comes out.
- Put all outdoor items in a safe place.
- Get cash from the ATM.
- Move furniture away from windows.
- Take important documents with you or place in a water proof safe. Some of these can include passport, ID, birth certificates, property deeds, tax etc.
- Stack sand bags around entrances in case of flooding.
If you have to stay
Some people have to stay for whatever reason. That reason may be that they have closed bridges or roads, or you have no where else to go. In that case it is important to prepare your house and family as much as possible.
- Still prepare your house as stated above.
- Prepare a supply kit that will give you enough supplies for at least three days.
- Make sure you plenty of water. FEMA recommends having at least one gallon of water per person per day.
- Non perishable food
- Some sort of battery powered or hand crank radio as you might be without electricity for a few days.
- Pre-charged portable phone/electronics battery chargers. Most of these products will get you one or more full charges before running out themselves.
- Batteries for all supplies
- First aid kit
- Baby wipes or other moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- Manual can opener
- Utility knife
- Make sure you have enough medicine for all people
- If you have little ones check the amount of diapers and wipes you have
- Plastic sheets or tarps which can be used to cover holes in your roof
- Warm blankets and sleeping bags
- Clothes including shoes with sturdy soles
- Water proof containers
- Water proof matches or regular matches kept in a waterproof container
- Personal hygiene supplies such as dental care and feminine hygiene supplies
- Activities to keep you entertained such as cards, puzzles, books, crosswords
- Duct tape
- Battery operated clock
- Pet supplies, leash, food, favorite toy, etc.
- Fuel for outdoor cooking
- Paper goods
- Basic tools, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc.
- Insect repellent
- Whistle in case you need to signal for help
- Keep all supplies in coolers or buckets that can be used later for various things