Hurricane Florence Disaster Preparation Checklist
As Hurricane Florence barrels towards the southern East Coast, local officials are taking the necessary steps to prepare for what the National Weather Service calls the “storm of a lifetime.”
The storm was forecasted to move across Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday. By Friday, it would land on the Carolinas, bringing potentially destructive storm surges, winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding.
As of Thursday, the storm has been downgraded to a Category 2 from its initial Category 5 status. However, it is still considered as a large storm and the National Hurricane Center has already issued warnings and advisories to residents across the region.
Since Tuesday, more than a million people have been urged to evacuate, but many have yet to leave their homes.
In the face of natural calamities, preparation is anything but negligible. It’s always important to secure these essentials before Hurricane Florence makes its landfall:
In disaster preparation, clean and potable water should be the most important item to have. Before the arrival of a hurricane, make sure to store a supply of water that could last for three days. Make sure to use clean bio-plastic containers that are sealed tightly to prevent contamination. AccuWeather has also advised to reserve a daily gallon of water for each person in the household. It’s important to know that an active person can drink about two quarts of water a day, while those who are ill would need more than that amount.
Stock at least a two-week supply of food in the household and a three-day supply for when you decide evacuate. Pack food that is non-perishable, easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat, and/or canned goods that do not need refrigeration. Consider high-energy food, canned vegetables and fruits that are packed with vitamins. While preparing your emergency food inventory, you will need to take into account your family’s preferences.
Clothing and bedding
Depending on the weather condition, it’s always best to pack sturdy shoes, pajamas, sweatshirts, socks, underwears, and blankets. You may also bring clothes that could last you for at least three days.
It’s advised to prepare a first-aid kit in advance. It should include a week’s supply of emergency essentials such as bandages, disinfectants, and medication.
Emergency supplies and other items
Make sure to bring fully-charged phones with chargers, whistles, and flashlights. These will be helpful in the event of a power outage during nighttime. You will also need to prepare extra cash as ATMs may not be available during the hurricane’s landfall and its aftermath. Important documents such as IDs, birth certificates, passports, medical records, and insurance records should also be secured. Make sure to store these documents in a protective case that’s easily portable.
Hurricanes teach us the value of preparation. Natural calamities happen all the time. It’s only a matter of getting ready in order to avoid an unnecessary loss of life as well as property.
Although it won’t be directly affected by Hurricane Florence, Florida is still no stranger to destructive storms due to its proximity to the tropics, according to the Florida Center of Instructional Technology.
Along with securing your life and limb during such times, you will also need to insure your property from the risks brought by violent hurricanes. Visit Alternative Insurance Agency today and give your property the protection it deserves!