It is that time of year when every time I turn on the latest headlines, there are stories about hurricane season. The devastation and the ruins these storms leave behind is astronomical. Having a plan and knowing what is needed for survival is key.
The National Hurricane Center provides information on their website that gives people a 'to do list' to be prepared for these natural disasters.
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— 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
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
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
You can read the full article here http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/disaster_prevention.shtml.
Another important thing is a Pet Plan. Do you remember the massive amounts of family pets that were lost in the waters when Katrina hit Louisiana? Have an idea where you can take your family pet so they will also be safe.
Has anyone survived a hurricane and would want to share their story?
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