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Hurricane Checklist

Hurricane Preparedness Instructions and Checklist

Important Information:

 □ Local news and weather station(s) TV & Radio: _________________________________

 □ Nearest hurricane shelter: __________________________________________________

□ Local Police and Fire Dept: _________________________________________________

□ Location of electric panel to shut off main breaker: _____________________________

□ Location of water shutoff valve in case of evacuation: ____________________________

□ Renters Insurance Company telephone # _______________________________________

□ Landlord Telephone # to call landlord in case of evacuation: _______________________

Important Supplies:

□ flash lights,

 □ batteries,

 □ battery powered radio,

 □ drinking water, □ propane camping stove, fuel

 □ pre-packaged nonperishable food. (Enough for 3 to 7 days),

□ non-electric can opener, cooking tools.

 □ water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

 □ fully charged cell phone □ Tool set □ First Aid Kit / Prescription medications / refills /

□ Pet food, if you have a pet If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

□ Listen to the radio or TV for information.

 □ Fill your car with gasoline.

□ Get cash. Following a hurricane, banks and ATMs may be closed.

□ Close all windows and storm shutters.

□ Secure all lawn furniture and any other outside items that could become projectiles.

 □ Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

 □ Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

□ Moor your boat if time permits.

□ Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.

 □ Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

 □ If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

 □ If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground.

 □ If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

□ If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.

□ If you feel you are in danger. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

 □ Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

□ Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.

□ Keep curtains and blinds closed. □ Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.

 □ Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.

 □ Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

If you must evacuate, follow these guidelines: □ Stay updated on storm advisories

 □ Map out your evacuation route. Do not get on the road without knowing where you are going.

 □ Evacuate early if told you must evacuate.

 □ Don’t forget to bring your important documents (deed to your home, lease, etc), in waterproof container and in plastic bags.

 □ Don’t forget to bring your house keys.

□ Have a plan for your pet.

Contact your local humane society for advice keeping your pet safe. Remember, shelters usually do not accommodate pets.

 □ Notify friends and family of your plan.

 □ If you have special needs, you should register with a local emergency management office.

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