Preparing for Hurricane Irma
One of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded is on its way to Puerto Rico. According to meteorologists, this unprecedented Hurricane Irma might hit the island with category 5 strength. This is a storm we have not seen before and it is important to prepare for the worst case scenario.
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico.
– Representative Luis Arroyo.
Preparing for a hurricane
1- Have an evacuation plan
Know the areas in which you should go in case of a Hurricane and how to get there.
2- Buy supplies
Basic items should be on your list including;
- Water: First and foremost, store at least three gallons of water per person — enough to last each three days. If you think you’ll be cut off longer, add an extra gallon per person per day.
- Cash: Banks and ATMs could shut down. Power outages render debit and credit cards useless.
- Documents: Keep copies of key documents in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container. These include identification such as passports and Social Security cards as well as insurance policies and bank account records.
- Medications: Keep a one-week supply of prescription medications plus any over-the-counter items like pain relievers and antacids.
- Food: Lay in a three-day supply of canned foods and dry mixes — nothing that needs refrigeration. Avoid thirst-inducing foods, and remember the dietary needs of those around you, including infants (ready-to-feed formula) and pets. Secure a hand-operated can opener.
- Sanitation: Think moist towelettes, garbage bags, and diapers. Consider paper goods such as plates and cups as well as plastic utensils.
Backup phone batteries: Extra batteries for your devices, also called portable power banks, could prove essential in a power outage. Here’s how to prep your smartphone for disasters.
Additional items: Flashlights with spare batteries, blankets, a first aid kid and NOAA weather radios are all recommended.
FEMA offers an extensive printable checklist for all-purpose emergency supply kits, too.
3- Stay together and assign a person of contact as well as a place to meet in case of separation during the storm.
4- Check your insurance coverage
5- Make copies of important documents
6- Protect your home
7- Back up your electronics
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