YouHelp 2019 Hurricane Survival Guide

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YouHelp 2019 Hurricane Survival Guide

Before the Storm

  • Plan your evacuation route.
  • Take an inventory of your personal property.
  • Review your insurance policies.
  • Install storm shutters.
  • Clean up the yard and store loose furniture, umbrellas, children’s toys, potted plants.
  • Make sure your prescriptions are filled.
  • Secure important documents in waterproof containers.
  • Gather all necessary supplies.
    • Flashlights.
    • Battery-operated radio.
    • Battery-operated lanterns.
    • Fire extinguisher.
    • Extra batteries.
    • NOAA emergency weather radio.
    • Clean change of clothes.
    • Plastic garbage bags.
    • Matches.
    • Toilet paper.
    • Nonperishable foods.
    • Water.
    • Ice or dry ice.
    • Shelf-stable milk.
    • Juice boxes.
    • Canned and powdered milk.
    • Powdered or canned fruit juices, instant coffee, tea.
    • Raw vegetables that don’t need refrigeration.
    • Canned vegetables and fruits.
    • Medical supplies.
    • Prescriptions.
    • First-aid handbook.
    • Insect repellant sprays.
    • Citronella candles.
    • Petroleum jelly.
    • Ointments for burns, cuts.
    • Antiseptic solution.
    • Sunscreen.
    • Extra OTC medicine.
    • Aspirin.
    • Children’s medicines.
    • Diarrhea medications.
    • Feminine hygiene items.
    • Rubbing alcohol.
    • Spreads such as peanut butter, cheese spreads, jelly.
    • Cereals.
    • Sugar, salt, and pepper.
    • Bread.
    • Dry and canned pet food.
    • Hand tools.
    • Power screwdriver.
    • Hammer.
    • Plastic sheeting to cover furniture.
    • Rope.
    • Sturdy gloves.
    • Duct tape.
    • Canvas tarps.
    • Sturdy nails.
    • Waterless hand sanitizer.
    • Manual can opener.
    • Water purification tablets.
    • Bottle opener.
    • Matches in a plastic bag.
    • Pocket knife.
    • Camp stove.
    • Ice chests or coolers.
    • Paper plates, napkins.
    • Plastic cups.
    • Utensils.
    • Disposable pans.
    • Baby wipes.
    • Diaper-rash ointment.
    • Baby medicines.
    • Medicine dropper.
    • Extra formula, baby food.
    • Garbage can with a tight lid.
    • Plastic bags for liners.
    • Disinfectant or bleach.
    • Deodorizer.
    • Extra toilet paper.
    • Plastic bags, jugs, or other containers for water and ice.
    • Disposable diapers.
    • Iodine.
    • Disinfectant.
    • Wet wipes.
    • Moist towelette packets.
    • Medic alert tags.
    • Thermometer.
    • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape.
    • Cotton-tipped swabs.
    • Sterile rolls.
    • Adhesive bandages.
    • Sterile gauze pads.
    • Roller bandages.
    • Tweezers.
    • Needles.
    • Adhesive tape.
    • Safety pins.
    • Latex gloves.
    • Dried fruits.
    • Prepared foods such as canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef, hash, packaged pudding, etc.
    • Snack crackers, cookies, hard candy, unsalted nuts.
    • Portable AC units.

During the Storm

  • Always stay indoors until you know the storm has passed.
  • Follow all directions on how to use a portable generator. They produce carbon monoxide and should be kept outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep the refrigerator door closed during a power outage to keep the cold air trapped.
  • Use a radio to listen to important storm updates, and instructions.
  • Avoid bridges over fast moving water
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters

After the Storm

  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • If evacuated, only return home after authorities have said it is safe to do so.
  • Be aware of hazards such as broken windows, water flooding, sharp or broken objects, uprooted trees, etc.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Use text messages or social media to communicate with friends and family.
  • Contact insurance company and document property damage with photographs.
  • Be careful and safe during clean up.