So, 2020 continues to roll along with an active hurricane season so far. And, the latest forecast is not good as 2 new systems fire up just outside the Caribbean.  Here are some tips for making sure you have the proper safety kits and preparations as hurricane season begins June 1. Also, tips from FEMA and a link to their 54-page guide for how to deal with evacuations and shelter during this pandemic.

Your kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight-check batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • PPE Mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps- TIP: have an offline Google Map downloaded to your phone with evac routes and local shelters
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Hand Sanitizer

In case of Evacuation Grab This:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

FEMA has addressed the upcoming hurricane season and steps being taken. It is an extensive 54 page PDF and can be found here.