A hurricane survival kit is very similar to what would be packed for a camping trip for you, your family and pets for up to a week.
Advance planning can save lives and protect property in the event of a disaster. Below is a list of tips to help you and your family prepare now, before a catastrophe strikes. When developing your disaster plan, please remember that safety always comes first.
- Canned food and other nonperishable food, along with a non-electric can opener
- Enough water for a gallon of water per person, per day
- Toiletries and personal items
- Flashlights and plenty of batteries
- A portable radio and/or television
- Prescription medications
- Extra clothing and blankets
- A first-aid kit
- Emergency cash and credit cards
- A copy of your insurance policy
- A copy of an inventory of your home's contents
- Other personal documents
- Fill up all vehicles with a full gas tank, including generators or other gasoline run emergency-related equipment
Store Data Electronically
Important personal documents can help you reestablish your life after a disaster.
Consider storing digital copies of the following on a password-protected flash drive:
- Wills, trusts, deeds and birth certificates
- Account numbers
- Personal and family records, copies of licenses including medical records
- Legal and financial documents
- Inventory of your home's contents
- Photographs of your home and your belongings
Plan an Evacuation Rroute
It is critical to prepare an evacuation route in advance of a disaster, as it may be too late to do so once an impending threat is announced.
- Identify possible evacuation routes outside your neighborhood, taking into account the types of threats that may arise.
- Designate a destination for all family members to meet. (Example: our meeting place is Uncle Al’s house in Brooklyn)
- Map out an evacuation route to your meeting place, ensuring your entire family is familiar with the route.
- Estimate the amount of gas your vehicle(s) will need to reach the meeting place. Remember that gas stations may be closed during emergencies.
When an evacuation becomes necessary, local officials will likely provide information to the public through the media. Pay attention to news and weather reports, and be aware of what is going on around you. Please heed evacuation warnings when they are given.
Designate a Contact Person
- Identify an individual that you and your family can contact regarding your whereabouts after a disaster. This is especially helpful if you and your family members are separated during the disaster.
- Central Contact’s Name
- Central contact’s Home Phone
- Central contact’s Cell phone
- Once the disaster has passed, it may be easier to communicate with family members and contact person by using the cell phone’s text messaging capabilities. Telecommunications networks tend to be strained in emergency situations, and may make voice-to-voice contact difficult. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to send and receive text messages.