Hurricanes can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour with flying debris, tornadoes and extensive damage from heavy rainfall. This damage occurs along the coastlines but can also impact residents several hundred miles inland.
The Hurricane Season starts June 1 and runs until Nov. 30. If you don’t already have an emergency plan, it’s time to start thinking about it now. Think about how you would reconnect with family if power and phone lines are down and what you would need in the event of an emergency.
City Roofing in Orlando offers some suggestions for what you should put in an emergency kit:
Enough water and non-perishable food to support each member of the family for up to 3 days.
A battery operated radio (and plenty of fresh batteries) so you can get important information from local officials. You may also want to find out where emergency shelters are located.
First aid kit
Cash or traveler’s check and change
Important documents such as proof of residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, living wills, bank account records, identification records and tax records in a waterproof, portable container.
At least one change of clothing for each family member.
Blankets and/or sleeping bags for each family member
Prescription medications, glasses, pet supplies, diapers and formula or any other items unique to the members of your family.