Hurricane Prep Week: Day 2 – Creating An Emergency Preparedness Kit
When a hurricane strikes, it could leave people without basic amenities that we take for granted everyday. Things like running hot water, electricity and television do not exist in the days following a serious hurricane. Consider how you’ll get information from public officials, how bathing will work, and how food will be handled. Living in an area where hurricanes happen every year, like Florida, and particularly Pompano Beach and the rest of Broward County, it’s important to be prepared before any storm makes landfall. That’s where an emergency preparedness kit comes in. The following contains some recommended items to pack in your hurricane preparedness as well as their uses.
The BasicsBasic hurricane emergency preparedness kits should have enough food and water to support every member of your family, including pets. Since clean water may not be available after the storm, the emergency preparedness kit should contain 1 gallon of water per person, per day. Another basic resource that should be in the emergency preparedness kit is a 3 day supply of non-perishable food per person, and again, do not forget about pets. To open cans of non-perishable food for your family and your pet, pack a manual can opener in your kit. Since the electricity will very likely be out, pack a battery powered or hand crank radio to receive important updates from public officials. Don’t forget about flash lights, with no lamps or lighting fixtures available. Pack spare batteries for the flash light, as well as the radio.
In case anyone is injured during or after the storm, pack a basic first aid kit with disinfectants, gauze, tape, bandages, as well as common medications like Pepto-Bismol and Aspirin. Each member of the family should have a standard whistle to sound for help in the event of an emergency. Dust masks and plastic sheeting should be available for impromptu repairs to stop your home’s interior from being damaged by a broken window or a hole in the roof. Keep a small tool box with screwdrivers, a hammer, a wrench and a pair of pliers for further simple repairs.
Important Additional SuppliesIf a member or members of your family take medication daily, make sure you pack at least a week supply of their dosages in the supply kit. Baby wipes are good for bathing when the only option is uncomfortable, cold showers. If there’s an infant in the family, make sure you pack formula, as well as diapers. Keep important family documents like a copy of your home insurance policy, ID, and bank account records in water proof and portable containers.
Sleeping & Warmth
Bring sleeping gear for each member of the family like sleeping bags or warm blankets. If you live in a cold-weather climate, consider bringing extra bedding gear. Bring a full change of clothes including a long sleeved shirt long pants, and strong, sturdy shoes. Again, if you live in a cold weather climate, consider bringing extra clothing. To start fires for cooking and warmth, pack matches in a waterproof container. In the event one of those fires gets too large, pack a fire extinguisher. Pack supplies for eating like disposable utensils, cups, plates, and paper towels.