It’s now that time of year to keep an eye on the Tropics. Its Hurricane Season here in South Florida, but as you know in years past, Hurricanes do not just effect the Sunshine State. They can hit any coastal State and do major damage. As we bunker down for a possible storm to hit early next week, we are scrambling to get together our emergency preparedness kit.
What are the essentials to have in an Emergency Preparedness Kit? Here is a rundown from a list provided by Ready.gov:
- Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Foods
- Baby Goods
- Pet Goods
- Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils
- First Aid Kit
- Matches in Waterproof Container
- Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, and Soap
- Blankets or Sleep Bags for Everyone
We actually had many of these essentials at home, so the last few tasks we did to top off our list was to make sure we had propane for our grill, gas in the car, and cash in our pockets. Remember, if power goes out banks will be closed and if gas stations are open, lines may be long. Also, make sure you have all electronics fully charged if you lose power. If cell towers are not effected, it will be nice to have some power to call your loved ones to make sure they are safe and to check in.
While these are non-essentials, here is what I have planned to entertain the kids if we lose power:
- Dolls, Cars, and Action Figures
- Build a fort and have an extra flashlight for them to play with
- Crayons, Coloring Books
- Clay or Dough
- Fully charged tablets with games and movies
Emergency preparedness isn’t only about hurricanes, it applies to any natural disasters and severe storms in all types of weather. Here is more information about making plans for your family:
- Learn how to create evacuation and emergency communication plans: www.ready.gov/make-a-
- Download printable family communications plans for your children here: http://www.ready.gov/
- Resources about natural disasters in your area:
Ready.gov/Prepare has information about natural disasters including Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Tornados, Wildfires and Winter Storms as well as tips about how to prepare
Do you have an Emergency Preparedness Plan for your family? Do you carry an emergency kit in your car for when you are traveling? Let us know any useful tips that you and your family may use to prepare for hurricanes in a comment below.
Don’t forget to have a communication plan in place with your friends and family. And, if a storm does come our way – bring inside all your planters, toys, and furniture and secure anything that is too big to move.
I will be keeping my eye on the Tropics this weekend. I have already been talking to my kids about what to expect if a storm does hit. Hopefully, with all this preparedness, I have two fellow science and weather enthusiasts on my hands, too! Stay safe everyone!