Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia – four storms that have been trending topics for the past three weeks. Why? Because this has been a hurricane season like no other, causing major devastation in the areas around the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Harvey plowed through prominent Texas cities such as Houston, Corpus Christi and Victoria, leaving them with catastrophic floods that caused thousands to become homeless. Irma is an inconceivable, dangerous Category 5 hurricane approaching states such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina  and others according to Fox News U.S. With Hurricane Irma approaching quickly, states have taken precautions to  prepare and evacuate for what is to come. Here are some tips and tools to prepare you for disasters.

Evacuation Necessities

These are the things you are going to need if you are planning to evacuate:
  • Keep a first aid kit in your glove compartment at all times
  • Bring prescribed medications
  • Pack nonperishable food and water
  • Pack a portable water filter, in case of water shortages
  • Bring flashlights, batteries, lighters, portable chargers, etc.
  • Pack clothing for 3-5 days
  • Bring blankets, jackets, rain boots, etc.
  • Bring toiletries such as diapers, pads, baby wipes, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Carpool if you can
  • Never let your gas tank reach below the halfway mark
  • Store a filled gas can in your trunk, in case of gas shortages
  • Carry cash, in case of power outages
  • Bring important documents along with you such as your license, social security card, passport, etc.
  • Bring any other important valuables, in case your house gets damaged or destroyed
  • Mentally prepare for the worst

Preparation for Staying Home

These are tips and tools you are going to need if you are planning to stay home during the storm:
  • Have non-perishable food and water on hand, along with a water purifier in case the water is contaminated.
  • Move all perishable food to the freezer to prevent it from going bad.
  • Keep a first aid kit nearby at all times, in case of emergency
  • Keep a battery powered radio at hand to keep up to date with the news, and for communication
  • Due to strong hurricane winds,  trees and branches may fall, causing damage to your property. Before the hurricane comes, trim or remove damaged trees to keep you and your property safe
  • Secure loose rain gutters and clear clogged areas and debris to protect your home from water damage
  • Board up your windows and block your doors to keep debris from flying into your home during high winds
  • Purchase a portable generator in case of power outages
  • Consider using your bathroom, closet, or any room with no windows as a shelter during the hurricane
  • In case you are forced to evacuate, have a duffle bag or suitcase with clothes, valuables and important documents already packed
  • Have a flashlight, batteries, etc. at all times in case of power outages
  • Keep a life jacket at hand in case of floods
  • Be prepared to evacuate at any moment

Use these tips to get prepared for a hurricane and to ensure your safety. Remember to keep up to date with all current news regarding your area.

If you need more information regarding preparation and evacuation for a hurricane, visit: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

 

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