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8 Hurricane Safety Tips That Will Help You Prep For The Season

It’s that time of year again. 

Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, and although most Floridians consider themselves experts on the topic, it never hurts to brush up on storm safety. 

Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to help you prep the right way.  

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1. Check your disaster supplies. The Red Cross recommends having at least a three-day supply of both food and water for each person in the household. Have 1 gallon of water per person per day. Also, store non-perishable foods that won’t expire and are easy to prepare. 

2. Have an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) weather radio. It will allow you to receive important information should you lose power during a hurricane.

3. Batteries are vital. When charging is no longer an option, batteries will be important, so stock up. Make sure to buy batteries for flashlights and radios, and be sure to fully charge your phone before the storm hits.

4. Secure a first aid kit and medications. Should someone get hurt or sick during a hurricane, getting to a doctor may not be an option. Make sure to have a basic first aid kit with bandages, antiseptic and a supply of basic medications for pain, allergies and minor illnesses. Also, make sure all prescription medicines are sufficiently filled in case getting to the pharmacy is not possible during or after a storm.  

5. Identification is everything. Have copies of important documents in case of flooding or evacuation. The Red Cross recommends having medical information, proof of address, passports, birth certificates and insurance policies on hand.

6. Turn off propane tanks.

7. Fill your car’s gas tank. Between the long lines and the summer heat, it may be tempting not to top off your tank, but should you need to evacuate, you’ll be glad you did.

8. Create a hurricane evacuation plan for your household. Minimize confusion and fear by creating an evacuation plan so that in the event of a hurricane, everyone knows what they need to do and where they need to be. 

This list of safety tips is part of a feature on the 2004-2005 hurricane season that appears in the July 2015 issues of Gold Coast magazine, Fort Lauderdale Monthly and Boca Life Magazine.