The first thing to do is to stock up on non-perishable food for a period of three days and one gallon of water per day for each member of the family.
- First aid kit or kit and instructions
- Fire extinguisher
- Battery Radio
- Replacement batteries
- Sleeping bags or extra blankets
- Supplies for drinking water to drink (such as iodine or chlorine tablets)
Products for personal hygiene
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes (such as baby wipes) in case you do not have clean water
- Hygienic tampons and towels
- People are advised to wear shoes to avoid injury from the storm debris, as well as watch for falling power lines and watch out for wild animals that are displaced.
- In addition, it is recommended to have an emergency kit that contains: extra supplements of necessary medications, extra oxygen if necessary, adhesive bandages, mosquito repellent, anti-wrinkle cream, aspirins, antiseptic alcohol, hydrogen peroxide.
2. Important information
During hurricanes it is possible that the light is gone and the cell phones are completely discharged. Therefore, it is necessary that you make a list with the most important and emergency contacts.
Also make sure you have a battery-operated radio and enough extra batteries, as well as flashlights.
- Do not stop listening to the radio or watching TV to keep you informed about the hurricane.
- Stay inside your house. Do not leave until you hear or see an official message saying that the hurricane has passed.
- Do not locate near the windows, you could be hurt by pieces of broken glass during a storm.
- Stay in a room without windows, or go into a closet. The best option is to enter a bathtub and cover yourself with a sheet of plywood.
- Always stay ready to leave.
3. Evacuation plan
Make sure you have a clear evacuation plan and become familiar with it in case you need to leave your home because of the emergency.
- Find out where the nearest shelter is and what are the different routes you can take to get there in case you need to evacuate.
4. Prepare your house
- Before the hurricane lands and touches everything in its path, it is necessary to prepare your home by securing doors and windows, and if you have hurricane protectors, make sure you know where they are.
- Ensure objects that can serve as possible ‘missiles’ during the hurricane to avoid being injured.
5. If you have to evacuate…
You should never ignore an evacuation order, no matter how much you think your home can stand it or want to take care of your property, it’s not worth risking your life for doing so.
- Take only the necessary: cell phone, medicines, identification documents and cash.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit in the car.
- If you have time, close the gas, electricity and water supply and unplug all electrical appliances.
- Drive through the streets indicated by emergency services.