Preparing for Hurricane “Maria”

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






Cruz Roja

Manejo Emergencia
Departamento de Salud



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