Each year GA Foods shares tips to prepare for a hurricane...here are the latest!With so much going on in our world, nobody wants to think about preparing for the annual summer hurricane season. But, you will feel less stressed if you take steps now to get ready for the hurricane season.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a 60% chance for an above-normal 2020 season. It is predicting a 70% chance of 13 to 19 named storms, of which six to 10 could develop into hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes. Major hurricanes are considered those that are categories 3-5.
Time To Make A Family Emergency Plan!
FEMA has a great basic plan to get you started. Have an out-of-town contact for your family members to call; it is easier to reach someone out of town. Arrange a meeting place in case you become separated.
Keep Extra Food On Hand
You may have already been doing this, but remember to stock up on canned items (or any foods with long shelf lives that can be kept in the pantry) and paper goods (no one wants to run out of toilet paper during an emergency!)
If you or a family member is disabled or an older adult, look for a meal delivery program. These programs will deliver meals to you, even in bad weather. Select a program that provides shelf-stable meals to use as emergency food in severe weather, when roads are closed, and delivery trucks can’t get through. (For more tips in selecting a home-delivered meals company, download this ebook.)
Emergency Supply Kit
Make sure to have at least a 7-day supply of you and your family’s medications. Keep a list of all medications along with dose, frequency, contact information for the prescribing doctor, and write the name and phone number for your pharmacy. If you are a caregiver for an older adult, keep the same list for their medications and pharmacy. It is also a good idea to keep back-ups of wheelchair batteries, oxygen, and other medical devices on hand. Include the information for those items on the back of the medications list.
If you have pets, stock up on food and medicine for your animals. Include your veterinarian’s contact information in your emergency plan. Make sure pets wear ID tags that include your cell phone number. If you get evacuated, take your pets with you.
Depending on the area you live, some other disaster preparedness items that might be helpful are a flashlight and a battery-operated radio with extra batteries for both!