I would want to encourage everyone in a Hurricane area to go through and update there kits and plans. Now if you do not have a plan or kit, this is the time to make them.
So are a few to do lists:
1. Learn what to do before, During and After a Hurricane. Go to your cities, towns websites, Emergency management websites. Most Places that have hurricanes will put out booklets, pamphlets, etc. Also look at FEMA, RED CROSS, READY.GOV, and other for tips, ideas and checklists.
2. Discuss with your family's Hurricane plan.
3. Go through, gather or assemble your family's Disaster kits. There are all kinds of check lists out there, but know that you will be with out power for days even weeks, depending on the strength of the storm.
4. Identify your out of state or out of area contact. TELL them they are your contact. Then be sure to tell other family members, friends, etc that they are your contact. Be sure everyone has the name, address and phone number of the contact person. (the reason is everyone can contact this person and update others, You only have to make one call, send one text to the contact). Also on this topic if all family is connected through a social media outlet, ie twitter, facebook, then everyone can know at the same time that you are ok and such.
5. You also need to have for those that need to a plan for those that are elderly, have disabilities, or have special needs. For example if you have someone in your family who needs oxygen to breath, know how long your battery back up is. Plan on if this person needs to be moved to a safer location for power. Plan ahead!
6. Pets. All your pets need to have a plan too. If you are going to a shelter, you can not take your pet. You need to know what to do with spot and fluffy. If you are evacuating you need a kit for them, and all there supplies.
7. You need to know a main evacuation route and an alternative route, in case you are asked to leave. You will need maps! GPS may not work! Also try driving the routes before hand, so you know where to go, landmarks, and smaller highways, or roads. Become familiar with the area especially areas you do not drive on a regular basis.
8. Know how to turn off your utilities in case you need to Evacuate.
9. Know your children's school plans, work plans in case of Emergencies.
10. Take a First aid course, CPR. Update your families first aid kit!
11. Review your status of your automobile, flood, home owners or renters insurance coverages. List and photograph or videotape valuable property. Make hard copies and place in your document kit. Be sure add the phone numbers of all insurances and account numbers. Take this kit with you if you evacuate!
12.List and photograph or videotape valuable property. Write down serial numbers, description, etc. Make hard copies and place in your document kit. Take this kit with you! If you have special insurance an item, be sure to have all the information you need in order to make a claim!
Family Disaster Supplies Kit
Keep these supplies at home throughout the year in preparation for major emergencies or disasters. We recommend that you keep them in a separate "Family Disaster Supplies Kit" so they are easy to find when you need them. Identify a safe room for storage of the supply kit and where you can go if a hurricane hits. Don't forget to rotate and replace expired items throughout the year.
Family members should discuss and plan additional supplies that might be needed over an extended period of time. Be ready for the hurricane season. Some supplies will be required in the event you elect to stay in your home. Others may be required if you evacuate or relocate or go to a shelter. Plan supplies so they are clearly accessible and identifiable. After a hurricane watch is issued, there may be a high demand and short supply of many items.
- AM/FM radio (AC/DC battery operated)
- Baby food, diapers, formula and other supplies
- Backpack, duffel bag, portable cooler or other containers
- Bleach (without lemon or any other additives)
- Canned or packaged foods, milk and beverages (minimum 7-day non-perishable food supply for each family member)
- Can opener (non-electric)
- Changes of clothing, hard soled shoes and rain gear for each family member
- Eating utensils and supplies
- Emergency cooking facilities (camping equipment and supplies are great)
- Extra prescription medications, glasses or hearing aids (see your doctor)
- Fire extinguishers (checked and serviced annually)
- First aid kit (adequate capacity and type for the size of your family)
- Flashlights & extra batteries (size and type for flashlights, radios, etc.)
- Food and water for pets
- Important documents (driver's license, birth certificate, insurance documents, etc.)
- Lanterns and fuel (stored in safe container & location)
- Matches (stored in a safe and protective container)
- Mosquito repellant
- Non-perishable foods, milk and beverages (minimum 7-day supply for each family member)
- Plywood boards ¾" to board up windows (cut & fit ahead of time)
- Quiet games, toys, books and cards
- Sleeping bag and blankets for each family member
- Spare batteries for flashlights, radios, etc.
- Spare keys for home, vehicles, boats, etc.
- Toilet paper, soap, tooth brushes, tooth paste and other personal hygiene items
- Water (1 gallon per person per day for drinking purposes)
- Water purification procedures & tablets (check with your local health department)
- Weather alert radio (AC/DC battery operated)
- Other items preplanned by the family