Digital Disaster Kit

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Hurricane Safety Checklist

What should I do?

- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service
- Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (lawn furniture)
- Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters, or close and board all windows with plywood.
- Turn refrigerator to coldest setting and keep closed as much as possible if power goes out.
- Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
- Fill your car's gas tank
- Create an evacuation plan
- Evacuate if advised by authorities

What supplies do I need?

- At least a 3-day supply of water; one gallon per person per day
- At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
- Flashlight
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (ID, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map of the area
- Baby supplies
- Pet supplies
- Tools/supplies for securing house
- Extra set of car keys/house keys
- Extra clothing, hat, sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage

What do I do after the storm?

- Continue listening to weather radio or local news for the latest updates
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the storm has ended
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe
- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges
- Keep away from loose or dangling power pines and report them immediately
- Stay out of any building that has water around it
- Inspect your home for damage, take pictures for insurance purposes
- Use flashlights, do not use candles
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control
- Use the phone only for emergency calls

Source: Red Cross