Hurricane Preparedness

Preparing for a Hurricanehurricaneevac

According to FEMA, to prepare for a hurricane you should take the following measures.

  • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Be sure trees and bushes around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricane Emergency Kit

Include the following items and make adjustments according to your family’s needs.

 

  • Bottled water (1 gallon per day per person) for 14 days
  • Manual can opener

Non-perishable foods:

  • Canned meat, fish, fruit and vegetables
  • Bread in moisture proof packaging
  • Cookies, candy, dried fruit
  • Canned soups, & milk
  • Powdered or single serve drinks
  • Cereal bars
  • Package condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant coffee & tea
  • Flashlight (1 per person)
  • Portable battery powered lanterns
  • Glass enclosed candlesgeneric hurricane florida
  • Battery powered radio or TV
  • Battery operated alarm clock
  • Extra batteries, including hearing aids
  • Ice chest and ice
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
  • Money
  • Plain bleach or water purification tablets
  • Disposable plates, glasses, and Utensils
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it

Cooking:

  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Stove fuel or charcoal, lighter fluid
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
  • Napkins & paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • Oven mitts

Personal Supplies:

  • Prescriptions (month supply)
  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and detergent
  • Toiletries

Bedding:

  • pillows, sleeping bagtrees
  • Clothing for a few days
  • Rain ponchos, and work gloves
  • Extra glasses or contact lenses

Babies:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Formula, food and medication

Documents:

  • Photo copies of prescriptions
  • Photo identification
  • Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  • Medical history or information
  • Waterproof container for document storage
  • Back-up disks of your home computer files
  • Camera

Pet Supplies:

  • Dry and canned food for two weeks
  • Water (½ gallon per day)
  • Litter box supplies
  • Traveling Cage

Other Necessities:

  • Tools: hammer, wrenches, screw drivers, nails, saw
  • Trash bags (large amount)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Plastic Drop Cloth
  • Mosquito netting
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher
  • Masking or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Spray paint to identify your home if necessary


National Contact Information

American Red Cross.........................1-866-438-4636...................................................www.redcross.org
Environmental Protection Agency..........................................................www.epa.gov
FEMA...................................................800-621-3362........................................................www.fema.gov
National Hurricane Center........www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration........................................................www.noaa.gov
National Weather Service........www.nws.noaa.gov


State Contact Information

Florida Emergency Information Line..........................(only activated during disasters)...........1-800-342-3557
FL Dept. of Emergency Management.........................Emergencies only........1-800-320-0519 or 850-413-9911
Non-Emergencies....................................850-413-9900..............................................www.floridadisaster.org
FL Dept. of Transportation....................1-866-374-3368.....................................................www.dot.state.fl.us
US Coast Guard....................................1-800-874-7561
Florida Power and Light....................1-800-4-OUTAGE
Lee County Electric Cooperative..........1-800-282-1643

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