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Hurricane help from Hartford HealthCare

September 30, 2015 By Hartford HealthCare

Hurricane Preparedness

"Be Prepared" is a great motto for the Boy Scouts, but it’s important for everyone in a natural disaster — such as a hurricane. Hartford HealthCare has compiled these tips from many respected official sources.

1. Make a PLAN

Plan before you act. It will help you prepare and assure family members

  • Take time before the storm hits to discuss what to do with your family and neighbors
  • Find a safe space. Remember: sometimes — especially if you live on the coast or in manufactured housing — the safest space may not be your home but elsewhere in the community, such as a shelter
  • Talk about escape routes: Agree on where your family will go if you leave your home — a friend’s house in another town, a hotel, a shelter
  • Make a list of important phone numbers
  • Make sure any children know how and when to call 911
  • Think about what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate
  • Check your insurance coverage — flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners’ insurance

2. SECURE your home

Take time before the storm to keep your property safe.

  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by wind
    — lawn furniture
    — bicycles
    — lawn decorations
  • Close windows, doors and any hurricane shutters
  • Shut off any propane tanks
  • If the storm is imminent, turn refrigerators and freezers to coldest setting and keep closed as much as possible so food will stay fresh longer if power fails

3. Make a KIT

Before the storm hits, make sure you have the supplies you may need

  • Water — At least a 3-day of supply; plan on 1 gallon a day per person
    Food — At least a 3-day supply of food that’s non-perishable and easy to prepare
    — non-perishable packaged or canned foods and juices
    — foods for infants or the elderly
    — non-electric can opener
    — cooking tools
    — paper plates / plastic utensils
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription drugs: 7-day supply
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Toiletries / personal hygiene items / moisture wipes
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries for flashlight and radio
  • Radio — Battery-operated or hand-crank (NOAA weather radio, if possible)
  • Phones — fully charged cell phones, with chargers
  • Blankets / pillows / sleeping bags
  • Clothing — seasonal clothes, rain gear, sturdy shoes
  • Cash (some small bills) and credit cards.
  • Keys: House, car, other
  • Copies of important documents
    — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card
    — put them in a waterproof container or a watertight re-sealable plastic bag
  • Tools — keep a small portable set with you during the storm
  • Map of area — for alternate routes if roads are closed
  • Camera for photos of damage
  • Special items as needed:
    — For infants/toddlers: food, diapers, wipes, toys
    — For the elderly: glasses, hearing aids, assistive devices, medications
    — For pets: food, carrier/cage, collar, muzzle, leash, medications, ID, bowl
    — For family: books, games, recreational items

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