August 26, 2011 rummy 0Comment

Hurricane Preparedness Instructions and Checklist

Important Information:

□ Nearest hurricane shelter:
□ Local Police and Fire Dept:
□ Location of electric panel to shut off main breaker:
□ Location of water shutoff valve in case of evacuation:
□ Renters Insurance Company telephone #
□ Landlord Telephone # to call landlord in case of evacuation: 

Important Supplies:

□ flash lights,
□ batteries,
□ battery powered radio,
□ drinking water,
□ propane camping stove, fuel
□ pre-packaged nonperishable food. (Enough for 3 to 7 days),
□ non-electric can opener, cooking tools.
□ water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
□ fully charged cell phone
□ Tool set
□ First Aid Kit / Prescription medications / refills /
□ Pet food, if you have a pet

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

□ Listen to the radio or TV for information.
□ Fill your car with gasoline.
□ Get cash. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be closed.
□ Close all windows and storm shutters.
□ Secure all lawn furniture and any other outside items that could become projectiles.
□ Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to
its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
□ Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
□ Moor your boat if time permits.
□ Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
□ Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

□ If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
□ If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly
hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.
□ If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
□ If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.
□ If you feel you are in danger.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not
have one, follow these guidelines:
□ Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
□ Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
□ Keep curtains and blinds closed.
□ Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
□ Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
□ Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

If you must evacuate, follow these guidelines:
□ Stay updated on storm advisories
□ Map out your evacuation route. Do not get on the road without knowing where you are going.
□ Evacuate early if told you must evacuate.
□ Don’t forget to bring your important documents (deed to your home, lease, etc), in waterproof container and in plastic bags.
□ Don’t forget to bring your house keys.
□ Have a plan for your pet. Contact your local humane society for advice keeping your pet
safe. Remember, shelters usually do not accommodate pets.
□ Notify friends and family of your plan.
□ If you have special needs, you should register with a local emergency management office.