It’s that time of year again — hurricane season! And while it technically began June 1, it’s now that we see a lot more activity brewing in the Atlantic. Hopefully, none of those will affect us here in Florida, but it’s always best to be prepared in the event a hurricane does hit.
How should you prepare? Here is a list of things to consider as you begin your hurricane preparations:
Water – The recommended amount of bottled water per person is one-gallon per day for at least three days. Water is important for staying hydrated, but also for food preparation and sanitation.
Food – Non-perishable food items are best. Canned fruits, vegetable and meats, protein bars or granola, and comfort foods. If a stressful situation arises, you’ll want to grab those comfort foods like chips, cookies, and candy. Don’t forget about your pets. Have at least a week’s supply of food and water for them as well.
First Aid Kit – If you have a first aid kit make sure it is fully stocked. You’ll want to have plenty of bandages in various sizes, hand sanitizer, antiseptic wipes, latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, a cold pack, scissors, tweezers, and a flashlight along with spare batteries.
Nonprescription Drugs – Antacids, pain relievers, vitamins, and anti-diarrhea medication.
Prescription Drugs – In the event of power failure or flooding, it’s important to have at least a week’s worth of any prescription drugs.
Cleaning Supplies – Soaps, detergents, hygiene products, bleach, garbage bags, and toilet paper are among the items you want to have on hand in the event you are unable to leave your home before or after a hurricane.
Important Documents – Keep important documents in a waterproof and portable container for easy transport. Important documents include passports, insurance policies, social society cards, bank account numbers, credit card account numbers, emergency phone numbers and an inventory of household items.
Gas – This time of year, it’s safe to always have a full tank of gas in the car. Once the threat of a storm becomes real, gas shortages and even gauging can become a real issue. If you have a generator, you will also need to fill your portable gas containers. Always remember to operate the generator outdoors and keep gas containers in a safe place.
Plywood – Depending on the strength of the storm, you may want to consider boarding up windows and doors to prevent wind damage.
Stay safe this hurricane season. Don’t forget to give The Rhonda Gustitus Team a call at 941-426-4394 for all your real estate needs.