The Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us. It begins June 1 and ends November 30 of every year. Know your hurricane risks in order to be prepared in the event that disaster strikes. Become familiar with local emergency plans.
Develop a family emergency plan to protect you and your family that includes plans for evacuation if necessary as well as having a prepared “grab and go” box packed, ready to take with you. This evacuation box can actually be a backpack or other durable container, both preferably waterproof.
Know where to go if ordered to evacuate, the routes to take, and have a plan of where you will stay. Your “grab and go” box should contain any medications needed with a copy of each prescription, cash since power outages can make ATMs and debit cards useless, rolls of quarter for vending machines or coin laundries, emergency cell phone numbers including family members, doctors, and pharmacies. Included in the box should be copies of insurance cards or policy information, copies of other important papers such as deeds, titles, wills, power of attorney, health care directives, birth certificates, death certificates, adoption certificates, marriage certificates, passports and/or other identity documents, keys to safety deposit boxes and combination to your safe, if you have these, and other important numbers like social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and/or bank account numbers. Paper documents should be placed in sealed, waterproof plastic bags in your “grab and go” box. Once your “grab and go” box is prepared, you will need to keep it in a safe secure place and update it every year.
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate, and you decide to stay in your home, have adequate supplies on hand that will help if there is a power outage and are without water for several days and you can’t leave due to flooding or blocked roads. Supplies that include cash, nonperishable foods (at least a three to…