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Hurricane Preparedness List

What items are important to have to ride out the storm

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    Jim Abel shops for hurricane supplies at Home Depot as he prepares for the possible arrival of Hurricane Irene on August 22, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Irene is the first Hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic season with winds at 80mph currently and may hit the East coast later this week with higher winds projected.

    It’s never too early to start planning ahead, especially with Hurricane Season in full swing. The Office of Emergency Management of Miami-Dade recommends residents buy certain items ahead of storms to be fully prepared.

    The OEM recommends residents have three to 14 days of supplies of the items.

    Hurricane Ready: Broward County Emergency Plan

    [MI] Hurricane Ready: Broward County Emergency Plan
    NBC 6 South Florida's Diana Gonzalez reports on the scene Wednesday at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, which was last activated for a major storm for Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The staff, including Chuck Lanza, Bob Humple and Michael Ascarrunz, was monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac on Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012)

    Hurricane Guide 2012

    The Basics
    • Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
    • Manual can opener
    • Nonperishable foods*
    • Canned meat, fish, fruit,or vegetables
    • Bread in moisture proof packaging
    • Cookies, candy or dried fruit
    • Canned soups & nonperishable milk
    • Powdered or single serve drinks
    • Cereal or granola bars
    • Packaged ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise
    • Peanut butter and jelly
    • Instant tea or coffee
    • Flashlight (1 per person) *
    • Portable battery powered lanterns
    • Large trash bags (lots of them)
    • Battery operated radio *
    • Extra batteries, including hearing aid batteries
    • First aid kit including aspirin, antibiotic cream
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
    • Waterproof matches / butane lighter
    • Money *
    • Unscented bleach or water purification tablets (add 8 drops of bleach per gal.)
    • Maps of the area with landmarks on it

    Hurricane Ready: Miami-Dade County Emergency Plan

    [MI] Hurricane Ready: Miami-Dade County Emergency Plan
    Miami-Dade County got ready for the potential of Tropical Storm Isaac Wednesday. At the county Emergency Operations Center, Chip Iglesias and Fire Chief Shorty Bryson spoke about the storm. Curt Sommerhoff told NBC 6 South Florida that more of the private sector will have generators this hurricane season. (Published Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012)


    • Sterno fuel
    • Portable camp stove or grill w/ utensils
    • Stove fuel, charcoal w/ lighter fluid or propane
    • Disposable eating utensils, plates, cups
    • Napkins and paper towels
    • Aluminum foil
    • Oven mitts
    Personal Supplies
    • Prescription medicines (1 month supply and copy of prescriptions) *
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Toilet paper
    • Entertainment: books, games, toys and magazines *
    • Bedding: pillows, sleeping bag *
    • Change of clothing *
    • Rain ponchos and work gloves
    • Extra eye glasses or contacts

    Understanding Hurricane Insurance Coverage

    [MI] Understanding Hurricane Insurance Coverage
    Though Tropical Storm Isaac’s trajectory is still uncertain, forecasters say South Florida remains in the five-day “cone” of the storm. Local experts tell NBC 6 it’s a good time as any to understand how and what your homeowner’s insurance covers. Insurance litigation attorney Russell Lazega says your best friend right now is your phone. (Published Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012)

    Important Documents*

    • Insurance documents
    • A list of all your important contacts (family, doctors, insurance agents)
    • Banking information
    • Leases / mortgage
    • Proof of occupancy (such as utility bill) *
    • Photo inventory of your personal belongings *
    • Waterproof container to keep the documents in


    • Disposable diapers *
    • Formula, food and medication *
    • Bottles and feeding utensils
    Pet Supplies
    • Dry and/or canned food
    • Manual can opener
    • Bowls for food and water to attach to the cage/carrier
    • ID tags and collars
    • Proof of recent immunizations
    • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
    • Litter box and supplies
    • Litter scooper
    • Carrying container
    • Plastic poop bags
    Other Necessities
    • Tool box
    • ABC rated fire extinguisher
    • Masking tape or duct tape
    • Outdoor extension cords
    • Spray paint
    • Standard single line phone (that does not require electricity)
    • Local phone book
    • Roofing tarps or plastic sheeting

    * If you are planning to evacuate to a Red Cross Evacuation Center, please be sure to take these items