With Hurricane Florence looming at our shores, people are in a rush to gather supplies to prepare for her arrival. These strong storms can be life-threatening disasters that often bring additional hazards such as flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.
If you haven't already, please take a moment to go over these valuable tips to help prepare you and your family.
Basic Survival Needs:
A gallon of water per person per day.(The American Red Cross recommends 3-day supply for evacuation and a 2 week supply for home use)
Non-perishable easy to prepare food items.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radios.
- Extra batteries.
- First Aid Kit
- Hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication lists, insurance papers, proof of address, birth certificates, ids, passports, home ownership documents etc.)
- Extra Cash
- Map of the area
- Any medications your family needs
- Pet Supplies (REMEMBER IF IT'S NOT SAFE FOR YOU AT HOME IT'S NOT SAFE FOR YOU PET EITHER!) Include your pets in your plan!
Create an evacuation plan:
- Fill your car's gas tank.
- Identify solutions for a variety of situations
- Provide locations, addresses, routes, meeting places for everyone just in case your family becomes separated.
- Discuss the responsibilities of each member of the household.
- Practice the plan.
- Provide each family member with Identification cards with emergency information if possible. Write down your address, names, phone numbers, other relatives, other contacts, etc. and keep them in a Ziploc bag on them at all times.
Keep an eye on news alerts, weather channels, websites, radio stations etc., that are providing information about the status of the storm.
Have access to NOAA broadcasts either by locating a radio station or downloading the app in the Apple Store or Google Play.
Protecting your home:
- Board up windows.
- Secure any outdoor furniture if possible. Move items to garages and basements to prevent items from being moved by strong winds and possibly causing damage and injury to others.
- Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
- Fill up your bathtubs with water for uses like flushing toilets or washing items.
- Move valuables to higher floors.
Following these and other tips could be the difference in a mild annoyance and a lot of additional stress.
Our family here at Hutton Power and Light hope that you and your family stay safe and take time to prepare for the upcoming dangers.