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Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Today, June 1st, is the official start of hurricane season. It’s important to prepare for this time, so you will have everything your family needs if or when an actual storm heads our way. You need to be prepared AND weather aware!

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Here’s a few helpful hurricane preparedness tips:

Put together an Emergency Supply Kit.

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According to FEMA’s website, a basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

 

Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

(Information courtesy of FEMA

 

Go over your evacuation plan.

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Discuss your hurricane plan with your family, and make sure everyone knows what to do when there’s a storm threat. Go over your evacuation plan.

 

Know where to get hurricane updates.

 

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Take the necessary actions to strengthen your home for the storm. 

 

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Check your insurance policies.

 

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For more hurricane preparedness tips and information, visit FEMA’s website or the National Weather Service’s website, and download their Hurricane & Severe Weather Guide.

 

If you’d like to download your own hurricane tracker, click here. You can also download the KHOU Severe Weather Guide 2020, which includes a weather map, tips and fun activities for kids.