Hurricane Tips from a Survivor

Hurricane Iniki a Category 4 Storm:

September 11, 1992 was a day to remember for a little island I still call home. Though I was young, I still remember the powerful noises, lights and calmness of the eye as it passed right over our island. More distinctly I remember the long weeks and months following as we put our community back together.

Sadly, many families were not prepared for this storm, not that one could ever be. Here are some items I recommend having in the event of a natural disaster such as this:

  • Water (8-10 day supply)
  • Non-Perishable Foods (canned goods, dry foods, snacks, etc.)
  • Batteries for flashlights and radio
    • Charge all of your electronics and battery operated equipment (phones, battery chargers, camera battery, drill battery, saw battery, etc.)

Don’t wait till the last minute! Have these tasks done so you are not scrambling or waiting in long lines:

  • Maintain fuel in your vehicles
  • Do your shopping
  • Discuss a safety plan with your family
  • Designate and secure a safe place for you and your family to stay during the storm if your home is not safe (friend or family, emergency shelter, work, etc.)
  • Place your important documents (social security card, birth certificate, insurance information, etc.) in a water safe bag/container ready to go if you plan on evacuating
  • Pack an emergency bag of hygiene products

There are many resources on the web, stay informed and always be prepared for what may happen. Being safe and ready is never a bad thing!

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