TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Hurricane season will be here soon. Don’t wait for a dangerous storm to threaten before making preparations. Here are four points you can follow to protect your family and home.
- Pay attention to weather reports and information from state and local news agencies, keeping up with television, radio and online weather reports to stay aware of hurricane warnings.
- Look for emergency organization phone numbers, websites, social media sites, smartphone apps and other information with hurricane-related reports. Pay close attention to advisories from your local and state authorities.
- Download the FEMA app: Get alerts from the National Weather Service plus safety reminders, emergency checklists, and information about shelters.
- Sign up online at floridadisaster.org/alertflorida for free local area emergency alerts via text and emails.
Make a plan
- Talk with your family members to make sure each one knows what to do in case of an emergency situation.
- Should governmental authorities order an evacuation, make sure everyone in your family knows where you are going and how to get there if you’re traveling separately. Remember, phone service may be unavailable at the time of an emergency.
- Determine safe places where you could stay if asked to evacuate.
- Establish multiple meeting points in different directions, so you’re prepared for any emergency.
- Figure out where you’ll take shelter from the hurricane if you don’t have time to evacuate.
- Click on Your Family Emergency Plan and use the information to guide you in preparing for disasters.
Prepare an emergency supply kit now:
- If disaster strikes, you probably won’t have time to gather all the items you’ll need to ride out the storm.
- Include water, food, and medications for at least three days as well as some cash, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and batteries.
- Many people also need items not found in a basic kit such as medicines. Be sure you have enough of prescribed medications on hand; pharmacies may not be open.
- For more information on building a basic emergency kit, visit ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Gather your documents:
- Having important documents ready to go will help get your recovery process started quickly and efficiently.
- Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box or safe in your home next to the emergency kit.
- Store copies in an alternate location such as a safe deposit box, workplace or trusted friend or family member’s home.
- Make electronic copies and keep them on a flash drive or CD in your emergency kit, or email copies to yourself. Electronic copies may also be uploaded to a secure digital storage website for retrieval when needed.
Important documents include:
- Birth certificates, passports, Social Security cards, and other personal documents
- Insurance policies
- Deed, mortgage, lease and loan papers
- List of medications, allergies, and medical equipment
- Photos of valuable belongings you may want to include in an insurance claim
- Contact information for doctors, relatives, creditors, and utilities
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