ü Install shutters or precut plywood to cover all windows from wind driven debris.
ü Unplug and secure electronics equipment such as TVs and computers, put any items of value that you are not taking in a high place such as a closet shelf.
ü Fill your vehicle with fuel as soon as possible to avoid long lines at the Gas station. It is possible that gas may not be available due to the power losses following a storm.
ü Keep some cash handy, both bills and coins for vending machines. Most vendors won’t be able to accept credit cards after a hurricane.
ü For swimming pools, lower the water level but do not drain completely. Add extra chlorine and turn off the electrical power to pool equipment.
ü Store water in bathtubs, barrels, jugs or other containers. Use this water for bathing and other sanitary purposes. Do not use this water for drinking!
ü Make sure you Hurricane Kit is ready to go at a moments notice.
ü Get a Re-Entry hanging tag for your vehicle at the Holmes Beach Police Department.
ü Know where the evacuation routes and shelters are.
ü For Pet evacuations, have the necessary paperwork for current vaccinations available when checking into a pet friendly shelter, hotel/motel or kennel.
As the Storm Approaches:
ü Board or shutter your windows, clear the outside areas of furniture, toys or any other items which can become airborne missiles.
ü Get your Hurricane Survival Kit and important papers (such as insurance papers, wills, marriage and birth certificates, address & phone books, checkbooks, etc) and put them in a dry accessible place.
ü Moor or secure you boat.
ü Contact family and friends to inform them of where and with whom you will be staying during the storm.
ü Stay tuned to TV and radio for updates and prepare for possible evacuation.
It is recommended that a 5- Day minimum worth of supplies be in the kit.
Emergency Supplies Kit
Remember, this is just a start, customize it to meet your individual needs.
ü Cash or travelers checks (ATMs and banks may be out of service for a few days)
ü At least two flashlights
ü A battery-operated radio
ü Several extra sets of batteries for flashlights, radios, & any other battery-powered equipment
ü Fire extinguisher and a few boxes of baking soda (to extinguish fires)
ü First aid kit (bandages, tape, gauze, scissors, antiseptic spray or ointment, rubbing alcohol, aspirins, antacids, anti-diarrhea medicine, hydrogen peroxide, thermometer, eye-wash/drops, first aid book, latex gloves, iodine, etc.)
ü Extra week's supply of any prescription medicines
ü Supplies for any infants or elderly in your family
ü Toilet paper, paper towels, pre-moistened 'baby" wipes, paper towels, box of large plastic trash bags, box of large zip-lock plastic bags
ü Insect repellent
ü Loud whistle (available in sporting-goods departments)
ü Disposable eating utensils, plates & cups
ü Drinking water in plastic containers (1 gallon per person, enough for 7-10 days minimum)
ü Non-perishable food & juice in cans or sealed containers (enough for 7-10 days .pet food too, if applicable)
ü Hand-operated can opener, bottle opener, knives, spatula, serving spoons, plastic dishpan, dish soap, etc.
ü Unscented household bleach to purify water (8 drops per gallon of clear water, 16 drops if cloudy)
ü Bath soap, toothbrush/paste, towels (2-3 per person), Sterno stove & extra cans of sterno
ü Heavy-duty work gloves (1-2 pair per adult), ball of heavy-duty string, matches (waterproof)
ü Cell phone with ear-charger (if you have one) and an extra battery
Emergency Evacuation Kit
In addition to the Emergency Supplies Kit (most of which you'd leave in your home for use when you return from an evacuation) you should plan what to take with you during an evacuation. Again, the list below is just a starting point -customize it to fit your needs.
ü Map with your evacuation route and destination marked (include the phone number of your destination)
ü Can of tire sealer, inflated spare tire & jack
ü First Aid Kit
ü Toolbox with basic tools, duct tape, jumper cables, folding shovel, small tarp, road flares
ü Enough water & non-perishable food for 2-3 days (include can-openers, utensils, etc.)
ü Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows for each member of the family
ü Rain gear & extra clothes, shoes, etc. (enough for several days
ü Towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes/paste, deodorant, feminine and/or baby items
ü Prescription & over-the-counter medications (enough for several days
ü Identification (including medical conditions) for everyone
ü Your box of important papers (if stored at home)
ü Flashlights & battery-operated radio with several extra batteries
ü Cash or travelers checks
ü First-aid kit & Books, games, playing cards, etc.
Other recommended items for a Hurricane Kit: