Basic steps that you can take to make sure that you are prepared should a hurricane strike:
Create a “Family Emergency Plan” – you want to ensure that every family member knows how to reach or reconnect with each other.
Post emergency numbers (fire, police, ambulance) by the phone. Teach children how to call 911 for help. Identify family meeting places in case you are separated. Choose a place in a building or a park outside your neighborhood. Everyone should be clear about this location.
Develop an emergency communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family’s contact.
Make sure everyone knows the telephone number of this contact.
Assemble an “Emergency Supply Kit” – your kit should include basic food supplies and water to keep you and your family going for a minimum of 3 days. In addition, you should have a 30-day supply of medications that you or your family members may take. More information on what to include is listed below.
Make sure that you and family members are aware of evacuation routes and the location of potential emergency shelters in case you feel that it is prudent to leave your home.
Don’t forget about your car! Your car should be placed in a garage or away from potential flood waters. Well before the storm arrives, fill up the gas in your car in the event you need to evacuate. Remember, forewarned is forearmed – so keep your ears open for potential weather coming your way.
Generally, hurricanes that impact New England come from the south and you will have several days notice prior to landfall. Check weather.com or The Weather Channel on a regular basis to stay up-to-date regarding developing weather systems that may impact you.
An Emergency Supply Kit Should Include:
At least a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food (and can opener for food if kit contains canned food)
Flashlight and extra batteries
Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible)
Whistle to signal for help
At least a 14-day supply of prescription medication and contact lenses
Toiletries, moist wipes, hygiene items, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Emergency tools: wrench or pliers to turn off utilities and multi-purpose tool
Cell phone with chargers
Credit card and cash
Copies of personal documents such as insurance policies, identification, bank records, passports, and birth certificates in a waterproof, portable container
Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
Extra set of car and house keys
At least, one change of clothing and shoes per person
One blanket or sleeping bag per person
Pet food and extra water for your pet
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