Hurricane kit for dogs

Hurricane Season Is Only Half Over

Don’t let complacency catch you off-guard 
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1 and ends November 30. Knowing what actions to take when a hurricane watch or warning is issued by the National Weather Service is vital for your safety. The time to make a plan is before a hurricane watch or warning is issued. The following list provides suggestions on what actions to take as a hurricane approaches the area.
  • Turn on your TV/radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first-aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. During disasters, sending text messages is usually more reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly, so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition with the gas tank full.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans). Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks).
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8 inch exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cellphone so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home. Let friends and family know where you will be during the storm.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
For details on building an emergency kit, methods to protect your home and tips to keep your family safe, visit the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.