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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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Once again, hurricane season is approaching. Storms Matthew and Irma in 2016 and 2017, respectively, reminded us all that we need to remain diligent in our efforts to keep our families and homes safe. We must be prepared PRIOR TO an event. Here are a few tips that may help:

  • Ensure that everyone in your household knows how and when to shut off water, gas, and electricity at the main switches.  Consult with your local utility providers if you have questions.
  • Take a first aid and CPR class. Our own Rockledge Fire & Emergency Services Division, or the local American Red Cross Chapters, can provide information.
  • Review your property insurance policy. Make sure policies are current and be certain they meet your needs, such as type of coverage, amount of coverage, and hazards covered.
  • Protect your household’s financial well-being. Review life insurance policies and consider saving money in an “emergency” savings account that could be used for a crisis. It is also advisable to keep a small amount of cash or travelers’ checks at home in a safe place where you can quickly gain access to them in the event of evacuation. ATMs might not be functional if there is no power.
  • Consider ways to help neighbors who may need special assistance, such as the elderly or the disabled. A great resource is https://www.floridadisaster.org/plan--prepare/disability.
  • Make arrangements for your pets. Although some public shelters do allow pets, most shelters do not. Service animals for those who depend on them, however, are permitted.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit including but not limited to the following (visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more details):
    • Batteries (all sizes)
    • Tools
    • 3-day supply of water (1 gallon/person/day)
    • Flashlights
    • Work gloves
    • First-aid supplies
    • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
    • Sanitation and hygiene items
    • Kitchen items (paper plates, cups, plastics)
    • Clothing & bedding
    • Emergency contact list
    • Battery-powered weather band radio
    • Personal IDs and important documents (stored in airtight containers)

To avoid undue stress, please don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your supplies. For additional information, visit Brevard County’s Emergency Management website.


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