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:
- 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.
- 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.