Preparing for Hurricane Maria
Once again Puerto Rico faces a new challenge in the form Hurricane Maria, #StayStrongPR. According to meteorologists, this unprecedented Hurricane Maria might hit the island with category 5 strength. This is a catastrophic storm 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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