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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS ITEMS

Por: PDI Now!

• Agua: Water -the extreme run-off from tropical weather can contaminate city water sources for days or even weeks. At least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days. Pets should not be allowed to drink run-off either.
• Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days, special high energy bars, they store well and last up to 5 years. Also for infants or the elderly, snack foods, non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices, cooking tools / fuel, non-electric can opener, paper plates / plastic utensils. Take care if you plan to cook with an open flame. Check the area thoroughly for gas or other flammable leaks. .
• Blankets / Pillows, etc. – Bag them in garbage bags and store them safely.
• Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
• First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs.
• Special Items – for babies and the elderly.
• Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes.
• Dive mask and snorkel – No, no joke! It’s the only way to see and breath in the torrential downpours of a tropical storm.
• Flashlight / Batteries – Actually check them often, but not too often as then they will be dead when you need them.
• Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio. Also available for a reasonable price is a hand crank radio. These compact self-powered radios run 20 minutes on a few brisk cranks.
• Cash, Keys, Toys, Books, and Games to keep the kids calm and amused.
• Important documents – in a waterproof containe, insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. I put my insurance claims phone number on speed dial. Keep some form of identification on you at all times.
• Tools – keep a set with you during the storm. Bolt cutters and plastic milk crates can be handy in the post-storm looting.

• Vehicle fuel tanks filled. Seriously, this can be a problem. Following large storms the roads may be closed for days, prohibiting fuel delivery. Fortunately, it also will inhibit your ability to USE the gas in your car. Also, station tanks can flood, providing substandard fuel for weeks.

• Pet care items, a carrier or cage, some pets get very freked out during storms and can run away from home, muzzle and leash. Keep track of your pet, they can be distraught by the storm and you don’t want to risk your life searching for a lost pet or distracting you at critical moments. Proper identification / immunization records / medications, ample supply of food and water.

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