It’s hurricane season once again. If you have not already made your preparations for an active hurricane season, the time to do it is now, not when a storm is brewing and headed our way. Here are some basics you need to begin with. For more detailed information on planning for the safety and well-being of your family and property, be sure to go to the following website for some helpful tips: www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp.
Another great way to prepare for the storm season is to come to our quarterly neighborhood association meetings. It is a great way to meet your neighbors and gather valuable information about happenings in our area. Be sure to update your personal information in our database so you receive email updates on local events that concern you as a resident in the neighborhood.
Plan for Emergencies
A disaster supply kit for your home or an evacuation should include items in six basic areas:
- First Aid Supplies and Medications
- Clothing and Bedding
- Tools and Emergency Supplies
- Important Family Documents
You will need a supply kit if you are confined to your home. The supply kit is also valuable if you evacuate to a place other than a well–stocked shelter or if you are unsure of the shelter´s supplies.
– From DOH
Hurricane/Disaster Supply List
- Non-perishable or canned food
- Bottled water
- Sleeping bags
- Battery-operated radio
- Extra batteries
- Prescriptions and medications
- First aid kit
- Car keys
- Can opener (non-electric)
- Special items for:
- People with disabilities
- Important Documents (store in a waterproof container):
- Driver’s license
- Social Security card
- Proof of residence
- Insurance policies
- Tax records
- Birth and marriage certificates
For further information, please contact your local county health department or visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org.
The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1 (800) 342–3557
Public Information Emergency Support Function: (850) 921–0384
The Red Cross has several apps out there to choose from. Their hurricane app was highly recommended and full of great information. You can also download their apps for first aid, first aid for pets, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and shelters.
The hurricane app has checklists for you to plan before, during and after a storm. It also features a storm tracker and a weather map. Very useful information all in the palm of your hand!