Hurricane season has only begun and already Florida has seen some effects from tropical storm Colin. Now is a good time to think and create a plan for you and your family.
Knowing ahead of time can help save you from stress and from waiting until the last minute to be ready. There are a number of things you can do to help protect your home- purchasing hurricane shutters, impact windows such as A1’s line of vinyl double impact windows, and screen shutters if you have a screened-in porch. Anything outside the home, such as lawn chairs and planters, can be brought inside to help protect your home from flying objects.
Having a plan is extremely important. One helpful website is Fl Get a Plan!. It takes you step by step as you place contact information and a meeting place that everyone your family will know about, just in case. It then creates a list of kits, activities, forms you will need, and other suggestions according to your needs (such as if you have pets or any children). The created family plan can then be saved to your computer for you to print and you can also e-mail it to yourself for easy reference.
Preparing a hurricane kit is also important. Start with a cooler with wheels or large plastic tote that is easy to transport. You will need a gallon of water per person (if not potentially more), drinks with electrolytes, and maybe water purification tablets. Water is key to survival and you never know how long it may take for help to arrive. Pack canned or freeze-dried food (plenty for at least 3 days), a manual can opener, reusable water bottles, plastic eating utensils, and a camp stove if you have one. If possible, get a battery powered radio with a NOAA weather radio option. Think as if you are going camping- so flashlights, extra batteries, water-proof matches, first aid kit, solar power charger, wipes, hand sanitizer, towels, and toilet paper. Pack clothes in a sealed-plastic bag and include rain gear.
Below are some other websites that can help you prepare:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness