Are you prepared?
The 2014 hurricane season began June 1st and will continue through November 30th. Here are some ways you can be ready:
Make a plan. Know how you will be able to communicate with your family in case you are apart in the event of a disaster, care for pets, & shut off your utilities.
Gather essential supplies including enough food & water to sustain you & your family for at least 72 hours. Other items you will want to have on hand include a battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, garbage bags, moist towelettes, bleach, blankets, matches, a manual can opener, paper goods, local maps, paper & pencil, & important documents such as IDs, insurance policies, & financial documents in a water-proof container. You’ll want to consider any special needs your family may have which may include prescription medications, baby formula, or pet food.
Secure your property. Cover your home’s windows, install straps to further secure your roof, trim shrubs & trees, & bring in or secure loose outdoor items such as patio furniture & garbage cans.