Summer is here in Florida, and along with the season comes the possibility of intense storms and hurricanes. Even the long-time Florida residents know they need to be prepared for these severe weather events, but what exactly does that mean? Do you have everything you need in your emergency kit to weather the storm?

Depending on their size, hurricanes can cause large-scale damage. These storms produce torrential rain, flooding, powerful winds, high waves, and tornados. Preparing your emergency kit and supplies will help you remain calm in the face of these massive storms.

Having all of your supplies in your emergency kit will prepare you for several different scenarios that you might face when a storm comes your way. For example, you may need to stay in your home without power. On the other hand, you might need to be prepared to evacuate. Here are some things to prepare so you are ready no matter what the storms bring this season.

Food and Water

Plan to have enough food and water for your household for three days.

  • One gallon of water per person per day
  • An assortment of non-perishable foods, including baby formula, if necessary
  • A can opener and other utensils you might need with your non-perishable food.
  • Don't forget to include food and water for your pet.

Health Care Needs

It's best to plan for your medication and personal hygiene needs ahead of a storm.

  • Seven day supply of medications
  • First-aid kit
  • Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, feminine products, deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer

Clothing

Keep your gear together in an accessible location if you need to go outside during the storm or have to evacuate.

  • Rain Gear
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Blankets
  • An extra set of clothing

Transportation Essentials

You may have to evacuate. If that is the case, drive carefully, avoiding flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Bring all of your food, health care, clothing, and personal items listed above, along with the following things.

  • Cash (ATMs likely will not be working)
  • Fill your tank with gas before the storm.
  • Map (Internet may be spotty.)
  • An extra set of house and car keys.

Power Requirements

If a storm is headed your way, you should plan for a power outage for at least two days. 

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Fully charged cell phone and a charger
Many people also have a generator configuration planned out to provide power when they return home after a storm or are waiting for power to be restored. Contact a trusted company to help you establish this plan.

Contact Beach Electric today to speak with one of our electrical experts for all of your electrical needs. No job is too small - call us at (321) 783-7030. We're ready to help! 





Sources:

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/packing-a-hurricane-emergency-supply-kit