Preparing for Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season is here. Are you ready?

While you may have many other things on your to-do list, be sure to properly prepare before a hurricane is in the forecast. Here are some things to do inside and outside to help stay safe and curb damage this coming hurricane season:

Inside

  • Stockpile food and water.  Keep between 3 and 7 gallons of water per person and between 3 and 7 days worth of non-perishable food. Also, gather must-have items including a manual can opener, disposable plates and utensils, and basic cooking equipment and fuel.
  • Take inventory of rain gear. From head to toe, be prepared for less-than-desirable weather.
  • Gather toiletries, including toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and deodorant.
  • Gather personal items such as eyeglasses and medications.
  • Gather important papers, including healthcare cards, insurance documents and bank books.
  • Gather pet products, including food, water, leash, collar with tags, shot records and travel crate.
  • Gather a first aid kit, a basic tool kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Choose a few books or games that might make long days without power more enjoyable.
  • Charge cell phones completely.
  • Keep some cash on hand, along with debit and credit cards.
  • Have car keys handy, and be sure your car has a full tank of gas.

Outside

  • Prepare a place to store lawn furniture and other yard accessories.
  • Fill sandbags in case of flooding.
  • Trim trees to remove dead or hazardous branches.
  • Consider investing in hurricane shutters to protect windows.
  • Consider investing in a generator.

St. Petersburg General Hospital is here to handle medical emergencies, including those that arise from a hurricane. For more information, visit us online or call 1-888-741-5122 for more information.

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