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Be Safe During a Hurricane!

SAFETY RULES: (Adapted from the National Hurricane Center)
If you live in an area that is affected by hurricanes, it is important that you and your family create a plan for what to do in a hurricane, and pull together an emergency supply kit.

Create a family disaster plan!

  • Discuss the type of hurricane hazards that could affect your family including storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. Sometimes, the safest areas may not be your home but in a hurricane shelter in your town.
  • Decide on the best escape routes from your home for people and pets and decide on a place to meet.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure you know how and when to call 911.

Make a hurricane emergency supply kit for your family!

There are some things that the adults in your family will need to do to prepare for a hurricane like making the house as strong as possible and getting important documents together, but kids can help too by putting together a hurricane emergency supply kit. The kit will be useful either if you are stuck in your home for several days during the storm or if you need to evacuate.

  • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
  • Packaged and canned food that will not spoil
  • A non-electric can opener
  • Paper plates / plastic forks, knives and spoons
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Clothing, including rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Toiletries like toothbrushes, soap and toilet paper
  • Flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Radio - Battery operated (and extra batteries)
  • Keys
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Make sure that your pets are wearing identification tags. If you need to evacuate, pack anything that your pets might need such as food, water, medicine and a carrier or cage.