Hurricane Preparedness Checklist
Water: Water is essential to survival. You should have a supply of potable water to last you through the storm and after. At least 3 – 7 gallons of drinking water per person is needed. You can use clean old jugs or buckets and store them for later use.
Seal Important Documents in Waterproof Containers: Getting new pieces of identification is time-consuming and difficult, so gather all of your important documents in waterproof containers. Some examples of important documents might be your birth certificate, your car/house documents, insurance policies or degrees/diplomas; essentially anything that you would want to keep safe.
Food: Food is as essential as water. Have enough food for everyone in your household to last at least 7 days. These should include non-perishable, canned items. Also don’t forget a manual can opener to open the food as well as pots and pans to prepare the food in some way if necessary.
Find Your Nearest Shelters Ahead of Time: Find the shelters nearest to you as early as possible. In case one of the shelters is full you need to quickly know where to go. It is very dangerous to be caught looking for shelter during a hurricane.
Medication: If you take medication make sure you have enough for you and everyone in your household who needs it for at least 7 days. This medication should also include over the counter medication such as aspirin, antacids and vitamins.
First-Aid Kit: Every family should have a first-aid kit. This becomes especially important when preparing for a hurricane. The kit should include things like scissors, sterile gauze pads, tweezers, bandages, a clean sterile needle, safety pins in assorted sizes, gloves and a cleaning agent or soap.
Batteries and Battery Operated Items: Have a supply of new batteries. A battery operated television or radio can keep you informed during and after the storm. Flashlights and battery operated lanterns are also a good idea in the event of a power outage, and do not have the risk of fire like kerosene lamps.
Take Video or Pictures of Your Property: This will help after the storm if there is any damage to your property. It is also a good idea to keep an insurance checklist of all items in your home in case of damage.
Secure Your Home: In the event that you will be staying in your home during the storm make preparations to protect your home, such as boarding the windows that will be taking the most wind. If no wood is available criss-cross duct or masking tape on the windows; N.B this will only work for low to moderate wind speeds. Also if your future home is under construction remember to secure it with hurricane straps for the roof, and hurricane shutters, which will also earn you discounts on your insurance.