Make sure you’re prepared

By: Kathy Cafazzo

Know your hurricane risk

  • Make an emergency plan — Visit

  • Gather supplies

  • Know your evacuation zone

  • Recognize warnings and alerts

  • Review important documents

  • Strengthen your home

  • Get tech ready

  • Help your neighborhood

Disaster supply kit checklist

  • General

      • At least two weeks supply of medication, medical supplies used regularly and a list of allergies
      • List of the style, serial number and manufacturer information of required medical devices
      • Flashlight — Do not use candles and be sure to have enough batteries
      • Radio — Battery-operated or hand cranked radio, a NOAA weather radio
      • Cash — Banks and ATMs may not be available after a storm
  • Pet care items

  • Clothing

  • Special needs items — Be sure to include specialty items for infants, small children, the elderly and those family members with a disability.

  • First aid

  • Food and water

  • Important documents

      • Insurance cards
      • Medical records
      • Bank numbers
      • Credit card numbers
      • Copy of social security card
      • Copies of birth and/or marriage certificates
      • Other personal documents
      • Set of car, house and office keys
      • Service animal I.D., veterinary records and proof of ownership
      • Information about where you receive medication, the name of the drug and dosage
      • Copy of will
  • Vehicle — Keep your motor vehicle tanks filled with gasoline

  • Phone numbers — Maintain a list of important phone numbers, including: county emergency management office, evacuation sites, doctors, banks, schools, veterinarian, a number for out-of-town contacts and friends & family

  • COVID-19 supplies

      • Face masks
      • Disinfectant wipes
      • Hand sanitizer