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Helen Sohne

Don't wait until the big, bad hurricane is upon us to stock up and prepare, now more than ever!

  • Batteries, non-perishable food, water, and medicines for a week.

  • Battery operated lanterns, fans and radio, and a manual can opener.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in a reachable spot and know how to use it.

  • Protect important documents in Ziplock bags, make copies to send to family members, store in the dishwasher or clothes dryer during a storm.

  • Have first aid items on hand: antiseptic, band-aids, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, adhesive bandages, rolls of gauze, tape, and a first aid book.

  • Personal care: shampoo, soap, toothpaste, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer.

  • Keep disposable utensils, plates, and napkins on hand.

  • Make certain you have bug repellent and sunscreen.

  • Stock up on toilet paper, paper towels, matches, latex gloves, liquid bleach, heavy-duty garbage bags, and large zip lock bags.

  • Clear your yard of grills and furniture before an approaching hurricane or before leaving for a day, month, or season any time between June 1 and November 30.

  • Leave a key with a neighbor before traveling.

  • Know who can help with your shutters or outdoor furniture if necessary.

  • Find out which neighbors could use a hand.

  • Evaluate your homeowner's insurance and create an inventory of your home - photos on your phone are great.

  • Take the CERT course for the most comprehensive information on preparing for any disaster and helping your community!!


Before An Impending Hurricane - Hurricane Warning 24-36 hours:

  • Fill the car with gas, get cash, fill barbecue canister, fill the bathtub with water for flushing and bathing.

  • Move all loose items indoors including furniture, grills, flower pots, wind-chimes, and all decorative items.

  • Bring in all garbage cans and recycling bins; pick-up would most likely be suspended right before a hurricane.

  • Have a plan in advance if you decide to evacuate.


Pet Safety Plan Pets

  • Have a plan for your pets if you are evacuating and not taking them with you.

  • Have them stay with friends or family who are not evacuating, or board them with a local facility or your veterinarian.

  • Arrange for a neighbor to check on and take care of your pet's care if a storm occurs while you are away.

  • Plan ahead for a friend or relative outside the affected area to shelter your animals, if necessary. Make arrangements for your pet to be housed at a pet boarding facility or call motels/ hotels in advance for reservations. Most hotels take pets during a hurricane evacuation. A deposit is usually required.

  • Keep your pet’s ID and rabies license tags up to date. Call 561-233-1271 to update records.

  • Make sure your pet has a collar with a contact name and phone number.

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