Residents are encouraged to prepare for storms and severe weather events by doing the following:
MAKE A PLAN
Think about your family’s needs in the event of a disaster and make a plan before disaster strikes to make responding to an emergency faster and safer.
AT HOME: Identify the safest area of your home in the event of severe weather; a lower-level space with no windows is preferred. Know how, when and where to shut off water, gas and electric at the main sources to your home. Check your insurance coverage – flood damage, for example, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.
EVACUATION/SHELTERS: If your home is unsafe during a tropical storm or hurricane, consider staying with a friend or family member. Or, plan an evacuation route. Emergency shelters should be considered a last resort.
CHILDREN: Contact your child's school or daycare to determine the facility's emergency notification and evacuation plans. Ask what type of authorization is required to release a child to someone else if you are not available to pick them up. Include your children in the planning process and discuss any fears they may have.
ANIMALS: Make arrangements for pets or livestock in advance. Make sure your pet has a license tag and a collar, and use a break away collar for cats.
COMMUNICATIONS: Consider purchasing a weather radio to alert you of severe weather conditions.
GET A KIT
Prepare a disaster kit that contains all of the necessary supplies for several days or longer.
WATER: Have one gallon of water per person/pet per day on hand for drinking, food preparation, and sanitation.
FOOD: Plan for a five-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration and need minimal preparation and water.
FIRST AID & MEDICATION: Have plenty of first aid supplies, non-prescription drugs, prescriptions, and other important health supplies like contact lenses or baby items on hand.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Keep records, like insurance policies and passports, in watertight plastic containers if possible.
CONTAINER/STORAGE: Store your emergency kit in a watertight containers to prevent damage.