It’s never too late – the big one could be right around the corner.
Following are some basic tips on hurricane preparedness to ensure that you aren’t caught off guard.
- Create a “Family Emergency Plan” – creating a Family Emergency Plan ensures that every family member knows how to reach or reconnect with each other.
- Post emergency numbers (fire, police, ambulance) by the phone. Teach children how to call 911 for help Identify family meeting places in case you are separated. Choose a place in a building or a park outside your neighborhood. Everyone should be clear about this location
- Develop an emergency communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family’s contact.
- Make sure everyone knows the telephone number of this contact.
- Assemble an “Emergency Supply Kit” – your emergency supply kit should include basic food supplies and water to keep you and your family going for a minimum of 3 days. In addition, you should have a 30 supply of medications that you or your family members may take. More information on what to include is listed below.
- Make sure that you and family members are aware of evacuation routes and the location of potential emergency shelters in case you feel that it is prudent to leave your home.
- Don’t forget about your car! Your car should be placed in a garage and away from flood waters. You also should fill your car with gas in the event you need to evacuate.
Remember, forewarned is forearmed – so keep your ears open for potential weather coming your way. Generally hurricanes that impact New England come from the south and you will have several days notice prior to landfall. Check out weather.com or The Weather Channel on a regular basis to stay up-to-date regarding developing weather systems that may impact you.
An Emergency Supplies Kit Should Include:
- At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
- At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- At least, one change of clothing and shoes per person
- One blanket or sleeping bag per person
- First-aid kit
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) and a portable radio and extra batteries for each
- Emergency tools
- Flashlight, extra batteries
- Extra set of car keys
- Credit card and cash
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
- Prescription and non-prescription medicines
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Find additional safety and preparedness material:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.ready.gov
- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- NOAA National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/safety.php
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