Ponte las pilas. Hurricane preparation guide. Prepárate
Ponte las pilas. Hurricane preparation guide. Preparate Ponte las pilas. Hurricane preparation guide
Here in Florida, we get our fair share of hurricanes. In fact, most of us probably have a personal hurricane story to share. That’s why we need to be prepared. Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30 for us along the Atlantic and in the Caribbean. Know these dates and have a plan in place to keep you and your family safe.
Preparation for a Hurricane Preparation for a Hurricane
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers in your phone and write them down. Keep the list in a waterproof bag somewhere safe. Have an emergency supply kit. If you’re in an evacuation zone, do not stay. Go to a family or friend’s home outside of the evacuation zone. If this is not possible, take refuge in a designated shelter. Do not leave your pet behind. Learn which shelters and hotels are pet-friendly or speak to your vet about where you can safely board them. Sign up for local weather alerts.
Make a plan Make a Plan
Emergency Supplies. n the days and weeks after a storm, you may not have power or water, and you may not be able to get to a store. Have these supplies on hand: Water – one gallon of drinking water per person, per day, for at least 3 days. Water for personal hygiene, cooking, and pets. Non-perishable foods. Canned foods. Prescriptions. Baby items such as formula, diapers, wipes, and medications. Flashlights. Batteries. Manual can opener. Propane for BBQ grill. Lighter (or matches in a waterproof bag). Cash (ATMs and credit cards may not be working). Power source or power bank, fully charged. Fill up your vehicle with gas
Emergency Supplies Emergency Supplies
ENGce and privacy are very limited at shelters and only basic necessities are supplied. Below is a list of what you’ll need. Tip: outlets at shelters will be in high demand, so be sure your electronic devices are fully charged before arrival. Bedding. Towels. Childcare items such as formula, diapers, wipes, toys, etc. Toothbrush/paste and other personal hygiene items. Medications and prescriptions. Drinking water. Non-perishable snacks. Extra clothes. Power banks, fully charged. Charging cords. Earbuds. Special items for elderly or disabled family members
Packing for a shelter Packing for a shelter
Hurricane by the hour Hurricane by the hour
There are pet-friendly hotels and shelters that will welcome you and your fur babies if you need to evacuate. Do not leave your pets behind. Dogs, cats, ferrets, pocket pets (such as hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs), rabbits and birds (no exotics) are normally allowed. Pre-registration may be necessary. Here’s what to bring: Vaccination and registration records. Bowls. Water and food
Hurricanes and your pets Hurricanes and your pets
Clear your yard of possible projectiles (patio furniture, garbage cans). Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building. Put up shutters or board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood. Take photos of your home, both inside and outside. Fill clean water containers with drinking water. Fill up sinks and bathtubs with water for washing. Get cash. Fill up your vehicle with gas
18-36 hours before the storm 18-36 hours before the storm
Let family know where you are (home, shelter, out of town). Close storm shutters. Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting. Listen for the latest weather updates. Be sure electronics are charged
6 hours before the storm 6 hours before the storm
Never use a generator indoors. Stay away from windows. Stay in an interior, windowless room on the lowest floor. Do not climb into the attic, you may get trapped by rising water. Listen for current weather info and instructions. Do not enter flood waters. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Do not go outside, even if it looks calm. Wait for authorities to say it’s ok
During the storm During the storm
Stay out of floodwaters and flooded areas. Use flashlights instead of candles whenever possible. Never use a generator, gas grill or camp stove inside your home or garage. Keep gas and coal-powered equipment outside and at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent. Stay away from fallen power lines. Drink safe water (bottled or boiled, if you have electricity). Throw out food if proper temperature was not maintained
After the storm