As Hurricane Florence approaches, it is important to take the steps necessary to ensure you're prepared. Hurricanes cannot be controlled, but there are things you can do to prepare – such as assembling a disaster supply kit. It could take a few days for help to arrive if a hurricane hits.
Your emergency preparedness kit should include:
- A gallon of water per person per day (don’t forget about your pets), for at least three days.
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food items: canned goods, fruit cups, cereal bars, and trail mix.
- A blanket and pillow - you may want to store them in a dry plastic bag to ensure your comfort.
- A change of clothes, sturdy footwear, and rain gear.
- Tools, flashlight, and radio – a wrench or pliers can help with turning off valves, flashlights if power is out, and a battery-operated radio to stay connected if power or cellular connections are lost.
- Emergency cash, documents, and first-aid supplies – cash will be needed if ATMs are down, as well as important family documents, copies of insurance information, bank account numbers, and identification, also write down important phone numbers for family and friends.
- First-aid supplies – antiseptic ointment, bandages, sterile gauze, and ibuprofen or aspirin.
- Personal hygiene and health items – to conserve clean water, wipes are suggested in place of a shower, a toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and prescription medications.
- Entertainment to pass the time – board games, toys for children, and books.
Once your kit is prepared, store it in a cool dry place and replace perishable items as needed.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration