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by Jontue A. Martin, staff writer

· Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
· Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
· Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
· Post emergency numbers by your telephones, and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
· Check your insurance coverage: flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
· Acquire and use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its batteries every six months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
· Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.
· Stock nonperishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
A proper Disaster Supply Kit should include:
· Water- at least one gallon daily per person for three to seven days.
· Food- at least enough for three to seven days
- nonperishable packaged or canned food/juice
- foods for infants or the elderly
- snack foods
- non-electric opener
- cooking tools/fuel
- paper plates/plastic utensils
· Blankets, pillows
· Clothing – seasonal rain gear, sturdy shoes
· First Aid Kit: include medicines and prescription drugs
· Special items for babies and the elderly
· Toilet paper, hygiene items, moisture wipes
· Flashlights and batteries
· Battery-operated NOAA weather radio
· Cash: enough for an extended period during which banks and ATMs may not be open or available
· Spare keys
· Toys, books, and games
· Important documents
· Pet care items – proper identification/immunization records/medications

For more information about hurricane preparedness, how to secure your house, or to make a pet plan (before, during, and after the hurricane), visit: noaa.gov.
 
 

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