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Preparing for a Hurricane
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:10:07 PM »
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Photos: Tips on getting ready for a hurricane

Here are tips on what you should do to prepare for a hurricane.

1)  Create a family plan

Photo ( David Carson, MCT  / April 27, 2011 )
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. -- Ready.gov

2)  Review insurance

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Review insurance policies, including windstorm, flood and homeowner's policies. If you are a renter, be sure your policy covers damage from a storm. Take an inventory of possessions, particularly valuables. Take photos or videos of each room in case you need to identify lost property or document damage. Have your documents with you to present to insurance company representatives after a hurricane. Keeping them together in a waterproof container or bag will help keep them safe. Some companies have Mobile Response Units that move into the damaged area after the storm passes.

3)  Prepare an emergency kit

Photo ( Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel file  )
Gather prescription medicines, batteries, a manual can opener, flashlight, portable radio, cash, a first-aid kit, a change of clothes, food and water packets, and blankets. Put important papers and medical records in a waterproof container, which can be taken with you if you evacuate. Be aware that ATM machines might be down, so it might be a good idea to have enough cash on hand to get you through a few days. Here, Sarah Toback, 85, and city of Sunrise marketing director Kathleen Castro look over supplies in a hurricane kit. Castro delivered the kit to Toback.

4) Secure your home

( Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel file  )
Make sure panel or accordion shutters are clean, ready for installation or to be pulled shut. If you don'’t have shutters, consider plywood. Make sure your roof and the general structure of your house is in good order. Here, Key West artist and co-owner of Guild Hall Gallery on Duval Street Sonia Robinson walks past her message to residents as people boarded up their houses and businesses to leave the island during a mandatory evacuation of the lower Keys in 1998. "I've done all my hurricane preparation, " Robinson said. "I'm a painter and brown plywood is very dull. If people can drive by and get a one second smile, I've done my job."

5)  Stock your home

Photo ( Bonnie Trafelet, Chicago Tribune  )
Plan to have at least three — and preferably five — days worth of food and water (at least one gallon of water for each member of the family per day). Canned goods and other foods that won’t spoil are recommended. Consider canned nuts, beans, fruits, vegetables, soft drinks and power bars. Clean and fill the bath tub before the storm hits in case a power loss cuts water off. You can use the water to wash up, as well as flush toilets.

6)  Plan for your pet

( Sun Sentinel file  )
Don’'t leave your pet home alone if you evacuate. If you plan to go to a shelter, you need to register early at pet-friendly shelters, and usually space is limited. Call your county’'s emergency management division for information. Above, Sgt. Bobby Seals of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control labels kennels in preparation for Tropical Storm Ernesto at the pet friendly hurricane shelter at the West Boynton Park and Recreation Center.
 
7)  Evacuation shelters

Photo ( Carline Jean, Sun Sentinel  )
Locate your local shelters before you have to go there

8  If a watch is issued ...

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Put up shutters if instructed by authorities. Top off the car tank. Fill propane tanks. Pull in outdoor furniture. Remove debris from the yard. Check the progress of a storm via television, radio or online.

9)  During a hurricane ...

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Go to your safe room and in any case stay away from doors and windows. Keep a mattress or pillow nearby for protection in case a window breaks. Don’t go outside, even if the eye passes overhead. Make sure to have an exit plan in case of fire. Above, the Disaster Survival House at 1345 FAU Research Park Blvd. in Deerfield Beach was built to withstand hurricane force winds. It has impact resistant glass windows.




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Re: Preparing for a Hurricane
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 10:34:19 AM »
http://www.almanac.com/content/how-survive-hurricane

The Old Farmer's Almanac - How To Survive A Hurricane