Hurricane season starts June 1st so it's important to stock up on all the essential items necessary to stay safe during a storm.
The last three years have seen four hurricanes make landfall in Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an "above-normal" 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, with 13-20 named storms expected.
Because of the unexpected nature of these storms, Floridians are encouraged to have at least seven days worth of supplies on hand.
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Before hurricane season begins, it is important to gather the following supplies and store them in your home. Be sure to include items that will be necessary during a pandemic.
Should you need to go to an evacuation center, pack as many items as possible into an easy-to carry waterproof container such as a backpack or duffle bag, but keep in mind the 20-square-foot space limitation. Here are some key items to pack:
- At least one gallon of water per day, per person for three to seven days
- Non-perishable snacks and packaged or canned food for at least three to seven days
- Manual can opener
- Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
- Bedding for a small space
- Prescription medications
- Personal hygiene items
- Special items such as food for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Garbage bags
- First-aid kit
- Fully charged portable electronic devices with charger
- Quiet games, toys or reading materials
- Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aid with extra batteries
- Pet care items, including food and water
- Flashlight, battery-powered radio and batteries
- Extra set of car keys
- Important documents in a waterproof container or bag
- Face coverings for every member of your household
- Hand sanitizer
In addition to having all your necessary supplies, make sure you know your evacuation zone and the evacuation plan for your area.
It is also important to have a list of key phone numbers and links to ensure you and your family remain safe before, during, and after a storm.