Checklist: Are You Prepared for a Hurricane?

Hurricane SafetyeMedical Urgent Care reminds you to be prepared and safe during hurricane season. Hurricanes and other natural disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, so it is important to be prepared before a disaster strikes. Take time to make sure you and your family are ready should a natural disaster affect your home or community.

“It is important for families to have a disaster supply kit, an evacuation plan and a family communication plan,” said Jane Sennett, DO, medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Every community in the country is vulnerable to one or more type of disasters, so it’s important for individuals and families to be prepared.”

Dr. Sennett identified several important actions to take before a disaster. First, create and maintain a disaster supply kit; next, create and maintain an evacuation plan; lastly, develop a family communications plan.

Disaster Supply Kit

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, including food for your pets
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Seasonal clothing and bedding
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting for shelter and duct tape to keep it in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities – ensure all family members know how to turn off electricity, gas and water to your home
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone with charger, inverter or solar charger

Evacuation Plan

  • Write down the location of shelters, a friend’s home in another town or a motel –  including addresses, phone numbers and travel or evacuation routes
  • Identify important documents, irreplaceable personal mementos, medications and pet supplies to collect on short notice and take with you

Family Communications Plan

  • Establish a friend or relative to serve as family contact – after a disaster it’s often easier to call long distance outside of the disaster area
  • Create a contact schedule for a family to follow to maximize battery life of cell phones

For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov.

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