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Safety Plans & Tips

Before a disaster strikes, you and your family should have a plan of action

  • Make sure to have plenty of non-perishable supplies such as water, food, and a disaster kit, which is explained in more detail below, for emergencies.

  • During a hurricane ‘watch’ or ‘warning’ discuss the type of hazards that could affect your home and family.

  • If you dont have hurricane impact windows, make sure your windows are secured by hurricane shutters. These offer the best protection; but if you dont have shutters, you can board them up with wood from a local hardware store.

  • You should also make sure that any loose items outside such as: bikes, grills, vehicles, patio furniture, etc. are all moved into your garage or a indoor location if possible.

  • If there is a hurricane hazard, locate the safest area in your home or community.  Depending upon the strength and intensity of the incoming storm, many times it’s also very necessary to evacuate your city completely.

  • Find the nearest and safest escape routes from your location and places to meet.  Meeting locations should be anywhere from about 5-10 miles away from the dangerous hazard.

  • Make a plan ahead of time for your pets if evacuation is needed.  Please realize that if you’re going to board your pets, many times you will need to show proof of all their documentation, tags, and records showing they’re all up to date with shots and vaccinations.

  • Before the disaster strikes it’s also a good time to review your insurance coverage to gain a better understanding of your policy in the event that damage is caused.  Obtain your policy numbers, limits and areas of coverage, along with contact telephone numbers to your insurance provider.  (If your property or anything covered by insurance is damaged, make sure to take many pictures of the damage before you begin to clean up after the storm.)

  • Have an out-of state friend as a point of contact for family and friends.  In case you get split up everyone should check into the same location to coordinate recovery plans.

  • Exchange telephone numbers in writting so you have a hard copy in the event that your cell phone dies, and electricity is out.  Also provide emergency numbers to friends and family.  Make sure all children know how to dial 911 in the event of separation or emergency.

Essential Supplies



Vehicle Fuel – make sure you have a full tank of gas, and try to fit everything into one car.

Telephones – make sure your cell phone is fully charged.

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person with 5-7 day security.

Food – at least enough for 7 days.  This would consist of non-perishable packaged foods, canned foods, snack foods (chips), food for infants or elderly, paper plates, juices, and plastic utensils.

Cash and Credit Cards – banks may be closed for a few days due to property damage, or loss of electricity; so be prepared financially.

Key Documents – social security cards, drivers license, bank account information, and insurance papers, should all be kept in a waterproof plastic bag in order to preserve in time of a hazard.

Keys – cars and home.

First Aid Kit – medicine and prescription drugs.

Household Items – blankets, pillows, towels.

Personal Items – toiletries, moisture wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, clothing etc.

Pet Care Items – food, water, leash, vaccination records, and medications.

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