Living in Florida, you have to be prepared for a storm that may come up quickly. In Tampa Bay, we are well into the 2019 Hurricane Season which means having to prepare for the absolute worst conditions. That’s why the next step in your storm preparation planning is to put together an emergency kit stocked with all the essentials that your family will need under a variety of circumstances. Those circumstances may range from an extended power outage to severe flooding.
Take the time now while the sun is out and life is a little calmer to stock your emergency kit with the items listed below. You will find that most of these items are not expensive and easy to find in a local store or on Amazon. Outside of this list, consider what each family member and pet might need for supplies. It is advisable to have enough water, food, and supplies on hand to last for 72 hours or more during an emergency.
Here are the recommended items for your Emergency Storm Kit:
Assign responsibilities to each member of the family. Decide who is responsible for what, including the emergency kit, taking care of family pets and any other essentials.
Create contact cards detailing how to get a hold of important family members in your database. Each card should include a phone number and email address.
Research emergency shelters and hotels with generators near you to see if they accept pets. If not, ask if friends, relatives, veterinarian offices, or animal shelters outside your immediate area could keep them in the event of an emergency.
Create a floor plan that identifies all the exit points in each room of your home (include doors and windows).
Identify a location in your home that is secure enough to ride out severe weather. If you plan to remain in place for the duration of the storm, you will need to identify the areas of your home that offer the most protection from severe weather.
Determine how to manage the medical conditions of family members.
If someone in your family uses medication that requires refrigeration, prepare a cooler with ice packs ahead of time to keep the medicine viable. Some medicines may remain stable at room temperature for extended periods.
Your home may be at risk if it lies in a floodplain or resides in a low-elevation area. Check FEMA’s flood maps to see if your home is vulnerable.
Vinyl windows are susceptible to cracks from hail, while aluminum cladding is subject to denting and spatter marks.
Your roof is most susceptible to storm damage and should be a primary focus while preparing for severe weather. Get a roofing contractor to check it out before a storm and afterward.
Pick Emergency Meeting Places and Identify Safe Rooms
Decide where you will meet up outside of your home if you must immediately evacuate. Identify the areas of your home where you should take shelter if the storm becomes dangerous.
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