Is Your Kit Ready for Hurricane Season?

Posted by Victoria May on Jun 1, 2015, 4:50:41 PM
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After getting hit back to back in 2004 and 2005, Florida has been very fortunate the last 10 years. 8 hurricanes made landfall in Florida is 2004 and 2005, all 8 storms were a category 3 or higher. Since 2005, Florida has been hit by 1 hurricane and 12 tropical storms.

Even though we have not had a major storm make landfall in a decade, we should still be prepared with a survival kit and a get-out-of-dodge plan. Even a tropical storm can cause severe damage dur to flooding and forceful winds. Here's what Tri County recommends for your hurricane preparedness kit.

Basic Items:

  • Water (1 gal of water per person per day for at least 3 days)
  • Food (3 days of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Moist towelettes
  • Wrench or pliers (turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener
  • Local Maps (don’t rely on a cell phone, towers may be down or overloaded)
  • Cell phone and chargers

 

Specialty Items

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medication
  • Glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food
  • Water for pet
  • Cash (in an emergency it is better to have cash and not have to go to an ATM)
  • Waterproof, portable container for important documents
  • Sleeping bag for each person
  • Change of clothes
  • Medicine Dropper
  • Chlorine bleach (16 drops of bleach can treat a gallon of water)
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches (place in a waterproof container)
  • Feminine products
  • Personal hygiene items (soap, tooth brush/paste, etc.)
  • Paper goods (cups, plates, utensils)
  • Entertainment for children
  • Pet Carrier/Crate

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit http://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate

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