Hurricane Preparation Tips
Hurricane season has officially begun. The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. The season officially begins on June 1, 2012 and ends on November 30, 2012.
We have created a checklist to help you get your family prepared.
Hurricane Preparation Supplies:
Gas – We recommend that you buy a few 5-gallon gas cans and keep them filled up. Be cautious with letting the gas sit for a while. You can always empty the gas into your car and refill them if needed.
Batteries – Look around for what size batteries you might need need. The most common sizes are AAA, AA, C and D. Grab a few of each.
Flash light – These often use C or D batteries. Have a couple around the house, one in the kitchen and one in your nightstand. Another good spot is in the bathroom.
Storm radio – This will help keep you informed if the power goes out.
Canned goods – When you lose power, it is often for a couple days. Keep stocked up on non-perishable canned goods that you can cook on the grill should you be without power for a few meals.
Charcoal / Propane – When you lose power, how will you cook? A grill is a good option. Be sure you have charcoal and or propane gas.
Preparing your house and family for a storm:
Locate a safe room – A room with no windows is recommended. Practice escape drills with the family in case there is an emergency. You may want to have a couple pillows and blankets on hand for their comfort. Even a small toy or book can keep them occupied.
Yard – Pick up loose debris that could go airborne in a storm. It’s not “that” the wind is blowing as much as “what” the wind is blowing. Dispose of loose limbs and tuck trash cans around safely. Patio furniture should also be secured.
If you have a pool, people often toss their chairs in the pool to make sure they don’t blow away.
Bathrooms – If a storm comes, fill up the tubs with water so you have clean, fresh water to use.
Medication – Do you or one of your family members require special medication? Consult with your doctor and consider getting an extra prescription so that you do not go without.
Pets – Keep pet food and medication on hand. A collar with identification tags is also important.
Cash – When power goes out, chances are banks will be closed and ATM machines may not be accessible. Keep some cash on hand in case.
Important Documents – Birth certificates, identification documents and insurance information should be a kept in a safe spot that you can grab quickly if you need to leave.
Keep informed. The Weather Channel has a storm tracking link. Click here to bookmark the site.