Hurricane season is here, so take some time to put together a hurricane preparedness kit. For anyone who lives along the coast or could be affected by a hurricane, this is an essential activity. By planning ahead, you will not only be able to keep your family safe during a hurricane, but you will also avoid the long lines at the store as residents in the path of the storm rush out for supplies.
Before you even reach storm season, you should have a hurricane supply kit put together. This should include:
- Plenty of water. You should allocate one gallon of water per person and have enough to last at least three days.
- Non-perishable food. Your food supply should be able to last three days. If you have any canned goods make sure to include a can opener.
- First-aid kit. You can pick up a basic first-aid kit at any drug store.
- Battery-powered radio. Make sure you have plenty of extra batteries on hand.
- Flashlight. Extra batteries for the flashlight are also advised.
- Personal sanitation necessities. Have items like moist towelettes, feminine hygiene products and garbage bags.
- Tools. Be sure to have a wrench or pliers in the event that you need to turn off any of your utilities.
Some additional items you may want to consider including in your kit include:
- Copies of important family documents
- Any prescription medication that you might need
- Formula and diapers if you have children
- Games and activities to occupy children during the storm
- Pet food if you have pets
- Fire extinguisher
- Chlorine bleach
- Sleeping bags and blankets for each individual
When a hurricane warning is issued:
- Board up windows
- Check to make sure that you have plenty of fuel in your vehicle
For more information on preparing your family for hurricanes and other emergencies, please contact us at Central Florida Regional Hospital. Call Consult-a-Nurse® at 1-800-445-3392 to learn about keeping your family safe this hurricane season.