On Coming arrival of hurricane, I searched and prepared this list of things to keep in mind and do incase of weather emergencies such as a hurricance.Â Create a central place where you keep all the required equipments and supplies needed in case of weather emergencies. Place a list of items and important number in that place for easy access. There, you can keep items you’ll need in case disaster strikes suddenly or you need to evacuate.Â Always audit the area to make sure all supplies are readily available for grab.
Here are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches:
— Download weather apps, The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
— Also, download a First Aid app.
— If high wind is expected, seal up windows and doors with 5/8 inch plywood.
— Tighten all the outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.
— Make sure gutters are clear from any debris.
— Reinforce the garage door.
— Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off.
— Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
— Park your car at a safe place, away from Trees or any object that could fly and damage the car.
— Fill a bathtub with water, secure vent with some plastic bag to save water from slow leak.
— Top off the fuel tank on your car.
— Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.
— Learn the location of the nearest shelter or in case of pets, nearest pet-friendly shelter.
— In case severe flooding, put an ax in your attic.
— If evacuation is needed, and stick to marked evacuation routes, if possible.
— Store important documents — passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds — in a watertight container.
— Create inventory list for your household property.
— Leave a note at some noticeable place about your whereabouts.
— Unplug small appliances and electronics before leaving.
— If possible, turn off the electricity, gas and water for residence.
Here is a list of supplies:
— One gallon per person per day and gather a three day supply worth..
— Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
— A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
— Extra batteries.
— A can opener.
— A small fire extinguisher.
— Whistles for each person.
— A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
— A seven-day supply of medications.
— A map of the area.
— Baby supplies.
— Pet supplies.
— Wet wipes.
— A camera (to document storm damage).
— A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
— Cell phones and chargers.
— Contact information for the family.
— A sleeping bag for each person.
— Extra cash.
— An extra set of house keys.
— An extra set of car keys.
— An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor.
— Household bleach.
— Paper cups, plates and paper towels.
— A silver foil emergency blanket (else a normal blanket will do).
— Insect repellent.
— Rain gear.
— Tools and supplies for securing your home.
— Plastic sheeting.
— Duct tape.
— Dust masks.
— Activities for children.
— Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.
American Red Cross tips on what to do after the storm arrives:
— Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
— Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
— If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
— Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
— Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
— Stay out of any building that has water around it.
— Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
— Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
— Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
— Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
— Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
— Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
— Use the telephone only for emergency calls.