Are you prepared?
As Hurricane Ian nears Florida, here's what top sources say about what we should all have in the case of *any* emergency.
"Store at least one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation."
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on how much water you should have on standby. But remember, children, nursing mothers and people who are sick may need more water. More water may *also* be necessary if you are located in an area with a warmer climate. The DHS explains, "In very hot temperatures, water needs can double."
"Place any important documents in a waterproof container to help keep them dry and easily accessible."
Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as "FEMA." The American Red Cross shares the importance of keeping personal documents (medical, financial records, etc.) somewhere safe and easily accessible (e.g., backed-up on a device & hard copies in a plastic bag). This is part of a suggested "Go-Kit" containing at least 3 days' worth of easily portable supplies in case of evacuation.
"It also doesn't hurt to have a quick repair kit with things like a roll of plastic, and nails and nail strips in case you lose a window. Flashlights and batteries are also good, and a hand-crank light is great to have."
Maryland resident Mike Wiley, who worked as a firefighter for 28 years and experienced his first hurricane nearly 70 years ago. Wiley emphasizes the importance of being able to do your own temporary repairs, such as covering a window with a sheet of plastic.
"You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items."
The National Hurricane Survival Initiative, a program of the Fair Foundation (a Florida-based nonprofit). To prepare for a possible evacuation, they suggest: "Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag."
The American Red Cross advises: "Have a 1-month supply of medication in a child-proof container and medical supplies or equipment." This could include prescriptions along with nonprescription medications, such as pain or allergy medication. They also suggest, "Consider keeping a list of your medications and dosages on a small card to carry with you."
Did you know? "Heart attacks are a leading cause of deaths after a hurricane. Be mindful of overworking" after a storm passes and cleanup begins (American Red Cross).
Hurricane Preparedness Checklist (American Red Cross)
Hurricane Safety Checklists (National Hurricane Survival Initiative)
Hurricanes (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security)
Hurricane Safety (American Red Cross)
How to Prepare for a Hurricane (FEMA; U.S. Dept of Homeland Security)
by Jenna Lee,