Hurricane Matthew is on its way to Central Florida, and if you have not taken precautions yet, you should get started. Starting Thursday, October 6nd, Matthew will be nearby, causing massive storms in Orlando. The hurricane is expected to clear up on Saturday morning, but you should still be prepared for anything. Below, you will find a must-follow, essential hurricane protection checklist:
Plan with Your Family
It’s always important to plan with your family in case you are not together when a hurricane occurs. Where will you take shelter? How will you contact one another? During this planning period, think of different scenarios and have each member of your family discuss what will take place, where they’ll go, how you’ll find each other, etc… This includes discussing what will happen when the kids are in school, when the parents are at work, when the college students are driving back from classes, and any other possible situation. To help you plan, watch the National Hurricane Center’s video.
Build a Kit
Next, build your emergency disaster kit. This kit should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days (for drinking and sanitation), a minimum of three-day supply of non-perishable food, a radio, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a manual can opener, a cell phone with chargers, among other necessities and tools. Click here to find out more.
Have Your Medications in a Bag
Make sure all your medications are in one bag, and have enough to last you for seven days, in case roads are closed or stores are out of your medications that week.
Remove Any Outdoor Objects
If you have any chairs, tables, potted plants, or decorations outdoors that could easily be picked up by a hurricane and thrust away, be sure to move them indoors where they are safe. Doing so gives you hurricane protection against these items being shoved against a glass door or window, leading to a bigger disaster.
Park Your Car in a Garage or Away From Trees
Just as you have to safeguard yourself and your house, you need to safeguard your car. If you park it outside when you have space in your garage, then take advantage of this garage. Protect your car from the outside storm which could seriously harm it. Though, if you can’t park it under a roof, be sure that it is at least away from a tree or a line of trees. You want to avoid the possibility of having a weak tree fall on your car as much as possible.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full in Case of an Evacuation
Even if your car is parked inside your garage, keep it there on a full tank of gas. This is a crucial hurricane protection step since it will help you if you are told you have to evacuate the area. You don’t want to drive in a storm with little gas to go on.
Make an Emergency Kit for Your Car
Even if you never evacuate your house or shelter, having an emergency kit specifically for your car is essential. Like the disaster kit in your house, your car kit should have water and non-perishable food, radio (battery or hand cranked), flashlight, manual can opener, cell phone and car charger, clothes, blankets, first aid kit, jumper cables, and more. If you have babies and/or pets, you should also have baby formulas, milk, and pet food in the car. Click here to find out more.
Don’t let hurricane Matthew take you by a storm. With this hurricane protection checklist, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.