Storm Safety Plan for Hurricanes

Unlike with some types of storms, we usually have time to prepare for a hurricane because meteorologists can predict with relative accuracy the storm’s path. If a hurricane is predicted to impact your area or a hurricane watch is extended to your locale, you should immediately:

  • Gather a week’s worth of water and food for each person in your household, (one gallon of water per day per person), and grab extra water for your pets, cooking, and personal hygiene.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s fuel tank is full
  • Put together a Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Reinforce or board up glass sliding doors, windows, and garage doors.
  • Secure or bring in outdoor items and furniture.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer settings to coldest and keep the doors closed, so if there is a power outage, your food will last longer.
  • Review your family emergency communication plan, including where you will meet if you are separated during an evacuation.
  • Review your evacuation plan and practice the plan, if time permits.

If a hurricane warning is issued for your area, take these additional steps-

  • Review evacuation routes and shelter locations.
  • Put together go bags for pets and each household member, or inspect and update the contents of go-bags you already have.
  • Place sandbags around the foundation of your home, and secure, fasten, or cover your windows, doors, and any loose shingles to protect them from the force of wind, hail, rain, and floods.
  • Close all interior doors and brace/secure all exterior doors.
  • Turn off gas and propane tanks and follow official instructions about shutting off other utilities.
  • If an evacuation is ordered, move quickly to the nearest shelter or a safe place you and your family designated prior.

For more information about keeping your family safe and reducing hurricane damage to your property visit Ready.gov and FEMA.

Hurricane Preparation for Children

Any strong storm can be scary for a child as they may feel quite threatened for the safety of them and their family. One of the best ways you can help your child feel safe and strong during a storm is by letting them help with storm preparations. This can help a child feel a little more in control of the situation.

Another way to help your child prepare is through education.

  • Weather WizKids, developed by a meteorologist, has excellent information about various storms, how they develop, safety tips, and preparation tips for children
  • Ready.gov also has a section just for kids to help them understand, prepare, and be safe during a storm or other disaster.
  • Healthy Children also has information about preparing your children for a storm, but it also has information on how to help your children during and after the storm to reduce anxiety and fear.

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