Hurricane Irene: Are You Prepared?

With Hurricane Irene barreling up the coast, now is a good time to be sure you are prepared for the worst. Below is a list of items you should have on hand for the oncoming storm.

PREPAREDNESS FOR YOUR FAMILY

  • 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)
  • Evacuation route and meeting place if separated
  • Flashlight/lantern and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio if possible)
  • Extra batteries of all sizes
  • 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

PREPAREDNESS FOR YOUR PROPERTY

  • Cover all windows with pre-cut plywood or hurricane shutters
  • Bring all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and any other loose backyard items indoors
  • Secure large outdoor items that cannot be brought indoors by tying them down
  • Turn off all propane tanks
  • Turn off all utilities as instructed by authorities
  • Turn the refrigerator’s thermostat to the coldest setting and keep doors closed and cover with a thick comforter to help further insulate the refrigerator
  • Install a generator for emergency power
  • Reinforce garage doors to help fight off high winds

The above tips were collected from FEMA and Plymouth Rock Assurance. These tips will help minimize the damage from a hurricane and make it easier for you to rebuild if necessary after the storm.