Are you ready for the 2014 hurricane season? If you have not already prepared, the time is now to prepare for hurricane season. While the experts are predicting a below average hurricane season, it only takes one storm to cause chaos. Remember that Hurricane Andrew was the first named storm of the 1992 hurricane season. And if you were around in Miami in 1992, well then you just don’t need any reminding of the damage a hurricane can cause. On the other end spectrum, we are reminded that even late in the year storms can cause extensive damage. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 caused extensive damage right here in South Florida.
Advanced preparation is critical because right before a storm hits, supermarkets and home improvement stores are jam-packed with last minute shoppers.
Waiting until the last minute on important supplies is especially dangerous because items fly off the shelves and you risk being left without necessary supplies. It also important to stock enough supplies to last you through a storm and beyond.
The National Hurricane Center recommends including these items in your hurricane survival kit:
• Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
• Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
• Car chargers and back up car batteries
• Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
• Foods for infants or the elderly
• Snack foods
• Non-electric can opener
• Cooking tools / fuel
• Paper plates / plastic utensils
• Blankets / Pillows, etc.
• Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
• First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
• Special Items – for babies and the elderly
• Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
• Flashlight / Batteries
• Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
• Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
• Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
• Gas for your car
• Toys, Books and Games
• Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
• Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
• Vehicle fuel tanks filled
• Pet care items
• Proper identification / immunization records / medications
• Ample supply of food and water.