Ana, Bill, and Claudette are the first names on this year's Atlantic hurricane list.
Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center from 2000 to 2007, gave this perspective on hurricanes: “History teaches us that we are going to have hurricanes. There's nothing we can do about that. But there is something we can do, and that is to prepare for the hurricane. If you can see the devastation after a hurricane, and talk to some of the people that have experienced it, I'll guarantee you that will be motivation enough to create your individual hurricane plan.”
The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, so we need to prepare now. Everyone needs a family plan in case a hurricane (or other emergency) threatens. To ensure the plan's success, discuss it with your children, extended family, and friends. Also, check with your elderly neighbors to see if they have a plan.
Creating a family plan is not complicated but should be well thought out. Use this checklist to be sure everything you needis included in your emergency supply kit, whether you plan to stay at home or evacuate.
Food and Water for 3-7 days
Drinking water: at least one gallon per person per day
Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Snacks, crackers, non-perishable foods Canned or bottled drinks Special food for infants and elderly Manual can opener Paper plates and plastic utensils Coolers with ice Water purification kit
Toiletries Eyeglasses or contacts Moisture wipes Clothing, rain gear, shoes Toys, books, games Keys
(If you plan to evacuate, pack your valuable papers and other items in a waterproof container.)
Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers Social Security card, driver's license Video tape with all valuables recorded
First aid kit and medicines Flashlight and batteries Battery operated radio with extra batteries Cell phone and car charger Cash (ATMs and banks may not be open or available) Plastic tarps for quick repairs Tools and nails Cleaning supplies Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows Camera and film
Remember Your Pets (Check ahead of time if the shelter will accept pets)
Identification and immunization records Food, water, medications Carrier or cage Leash and muzzle