It's time again to enjoy the summer and watch the weather reports for storm activity. Florida was spared 2007 and hopefully 2008 will be the same, with just maybe a little more rain! Here's some tips on preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
HURRICANE DISASTER KIT
Water: At least 1 gallon per person daily. Stock enough for at least seven days.
Food: Include nonperishable items. Stock enough for at least seven days.
Food preparatory items: A nonelectric can opener, cooking tools and fuel.
Bedding, seasonal clothing and rain gear, and toiletries: Include basic hygiene products, toilet paper and moisture wipes.
Medical supplies: Include a first aid kit and prescription drugs.
Special items needed to care for infants, the elderly or pets.
Flashlights, batteries and a battery-operated radio or television.
Cash: Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods, so make sure you have sufficient funds at your immediate disposal.
Toys, books and games: You will need to be prepared to keep your children and yourself occupied for an extended period.
Important documents: Include insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers, birth certificates, Social Security card, etc. Be sure to keep these in a waterproof container.
Sources: American Red Cross, www.StormTips.com
Stay safe this season.