Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st with the last day of hurricane season being November 30th. Now is the time to be prepared for a storm.
We want to encourage all our residents to be prepared. Remember, you may have to adjust any preparedness actions based on health and safety guidelines from the CDC.
Here are some helpful tips.
PREPARING A HOME FOR A HURRICANE
1. Protect your windows and sliding glass doors using heavy plywood or metal shutters. Experts recommend using ¾-inch plywood and drilling screw holes 18 inches apart all around it.
2. Turn off all your gas heating and cooling systems.
3. Lock all doors and windows, and perform a perimeter check around your home.
4. Stay calm and set a good example for your family members, friends, and neighbors.
HOMEOWNER SUPPLY CHECKLIST
Homeowners should plan to have limited to no access to power and external supplies for 72 hours or longer during a hurricane. Food, water, medicine, and other necessary items need to be collected well in advance. Below are the supplies each resident should have in their homes during hurricane season.
• Water: At least 1 gallon per person per day for 3-7 days
• First Aid: Prepare a travel size kit in the event of an injury. Band-Aids, bandages, antibiotic ointment, bleach and a medicine dropper so you can create water disinfectant, hand sanitizer, hygiene products and baby products
• Lights: Flashlights and fresh batteries
• Tool Kit: A basic set of tools: hammer, nails, screws, screwdriver, pliers, and knife
• Sanitation Products: Toilet paper, moist towelettes, and plastic garbage bags in different sizes
FOOD: At least a five-day supply of non-perishable food that requires no refrigeration and little preparation. This includes:
• Dry cereal
• Canned goods: fruit, vegetables, juice, soups, meat, pasta, beans
• Peanut butter
• Granola and energy bars
• Pet food
• Baby food and bottles
• Rice and pasta
• Rain gear: ponchos, umbrella, rubber boots, etc.
• Can opener: Non-electric can opener
• Plates: Paper plates, plastic cups and plastic utensils
• Meds: Medications and prescriptions
• Cash: ATMs and banks may not be open for a few days or weeks
• Gas: Fill your car with fuel in case of an evacuation
• Phone: Keep a fully charged emergency phone
• Keys: House, car, etc.
• Cooking: Grill, charcoal, lighter, lighter fluid, aluminum foil
• Strike anywhere matches
• Duct Tape
• Mosquito repellent
• Pet items: leash, collar, food bowls and carrier
• Baby Items: baby diapers, wipes, and rash ointment