Take 10 Steps to Hurricane Preparedness
•STEP 1 Hold a family meeting.
Discuss the hazards of hurricanes. Encourage children to talk about their fears and explain some of the things you’ll be doing to keep everyone safe. Start a written list of things you’ll need to take care of and encourage everyone in the family to contribute their ideas.
•STEP 2 Discuss shelter options.
Determine whether you live in an evacuation zone and, if so, where you will go if an evacuation order is given. Going to a family or friend’s house or hotel outside the evacuation area is your best choice. If you choose to go out of town, do so well in advance of the storm. Since shelters provide for only basic needs, this should be your choice of last resort. A list of shelters can be found at: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx
•STEP 3 Ensure your assets are protected.
Inventory your home possessions and videotape or photograph items of value. Review your insurance policies to ensure you have adequate coverage.
•STEP 4 Assess your home for vulnerable areas.
Do a walk-through of your home and property to evaluate your roof, windows, garage door, landscaping, etc. and determine what actions you will take.
•STEP 5 Make a plan to protect your vehicles.
Decide where you will store or park your vehicle, boat or RV. Check your vehicle insurance policy and keep it in the same safe place as your homeowner’s policy.
•STEP 6 Secure your home.
Decide what actions you will need to take to protect your home and your property (shutters, generator, trim trees), and to keep as comfortable as possible during recovery.
•STEP 7 Determine whether anyone in your home has special needs.
Discuss whether anyone in your home is elderly or has special needs and, if so, make arrangements in advance to accommodate those needs.
•STEP 8 Make a plan for your pet.
Determine how you will address your pet’s needs and make a plan for your pet in case you have to evacuate. Be sure to plan for large animals such as horses.
•STEP 9 Notify others of your plan.
Let family or friends know what your hurricane plan is so they can check on you in the aftermath of the storm. Establish an out-of-town contact.
•STEP 10 Gather your supplies.
Determine your family’s food, water and medical needs and assemble your hurricane kit according to those needs (See shopping list below for items to include).
Hurricane Shopping List
Bread Group Items:
Crackers, dry bread sticks, pretzels, Melba toast, rice and popcorn cakes, breakfast cereal, dry pasta, nutritional bars, bread (keep frozen until needed).
Meat Group Items:
Canned or packaged tuna, chicken/turkey, meat, soup with beans or meat, sardines, beans, chili with meat or beans, ravioli/spaghetti, ham/pork, stew, Vienna sausage, peanut butter and nuts, and commercially prepared beef or turkey jerky.
Milk Group Items:
Shelf stable milk (keep chilled after opening), powdered milk (will need extra water), canned and boxed pudding (on grocery shelves, not in refrigerator section), nutritional drinks (e.g., Ensure).
Vegetable Group Items:
Canned vegetables, soups of all types (cup of noodles, canned), canned 3-bean salad Fruit Group Items Canned fruit, applesauce, dried fruits (raisins, dates, apricots, etc.) and 100% fruit juice (not fruit drinks or punch).
Quick energy snacks such as trail mix, granola and fruit bars, cookies, hard candy, lollipops, instant coffee, and tea bags.
Items for Infants & Toddlers:
Make sure to include ample amounts of food, formula (water), juice, diapers and wipes. It you plan to evacuate to a Red Cross Hurricane Shelter, bring your baby kit along with a stroller, portable crib or play pen.
Items for Elderly:
Your kit should include water and food items that address special dietary needs such as nutritional supplement drinks and low-sodium food. Be sure to include enough medical supplies and prescription drugs to last two weeks.
Note: Before purchasing instant food, be sure you have enough water for reconstitution and a cooking source. Camp stoves, chafing dishes, and fondue pots with Sterno fuel can be used. You can also purchase ready-to-light charcoal for your outdoor grill. Never use any of these cooking sources inside your house or garage. Always cook outside.