HCOHSEM urges everyone to prepare now. Your emergency supply kit should include:
- NOAA weather radio and batteries
- Flashlight and batteries
- Extra eye glasses
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Copies of prescriptions
- Special products for babies, elderly and medically fragile family members
- Cash and credit cards
- Photo ID, important documents and records
If you live in an area threatened by storm surge -- an EVACUATION ZONE -- discuss evacuation plans with your family. Check with city or county officials to find out if your home is in an evacuation zone.
Make sure your home insurance policy up to speed. If you live in an area prone to flooding, tornadoes, or hurricanes, your standard homeowner's policy may require additional policies to cover flooding and wind damage.
Make a checklist of preparations to be made before an evacuation and go over it with your family. Review it again when a storm is in the Gulf of Mexico.
If you plan to stay in a hotel or motel, make reservations and confirm your reservations before you leave. If you plan to stay in a shelter, bring what you need to be comfortable, including bedding and toys for kids.
Prepare an emergency kit for your pets and a plan for how to care for them when you are on the road and in a shelter or motel. Do not leave your pets behind!
Finally, stay informed by monitoring the news media. Local officials will provide information about current conditions, evacuations and re-entry.
Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th.
You can always find hurricane preparation information, safety tips, shopping list, checklists and other resources, as well as current weather conditions and more in abc13.com Hurricane Central.