May 26th, 2010 4:52 PM

What You Should Take.

If you must evacuate, take these items with you:
  • bottled water (2 - 3 gallons per person if possible)
  • prescription medications & necessary medical supplies
  • first aid kit
  • documents (driver's license, passport, social security cards, insurance information, tax records, birth and marriage certificates)
  • flashlight
  • battery-powered radio
  • cell phone
  • extra batteries
  • road maps and phone numbers
  • cash (especially small bills and change for vending machines)
  • bedrolls or sleeping bags

During the Hurricane

If you get caught in a hurricane, follow these FEMA guidelines:
  • Stay away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm.
  • Stay in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie under a table or other sturdy object.
A word of caution: if you are in an area that is in danger of flooding, do not seek refuge below ground level (such as a basement or storm celler).

After the Hurricane: Your Home

Once the storm has passed, services may be disrupted due to damage. Each situation will be different. Here are some ways to settle in after the storm:

  • Listen to radio or TV for vital information.
  • If your home is safe to occupy, make sure the address is clearly marked.
  • Only use 911 in a true emergency. Roads may be blocked with debris and roadsigns may have blown away.
  • Use generators correctly to avoid carbon monoxide gas. Learn how to recognize carbon monoxide poisoning.

After the Hurricane:

Water systems are often contaminated after a hurricane. Follow these tips to avoid infection:

  • Do not drink tap water or brush your teeth with it until told to do so by authorities - use bottled water only.
  • Try not to have skin contact with floodwater or mud.
  • Authorities may suggest vaccinations for hepatitis and tetanus, take them if they are offered.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may lead to dehydration. Seek medical help if any of those persist for more than 24 hours

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