As South Florda braces for Hurricane Matthew lines at grocery stores and gas pumps continue to grow. Currently Palm Beach County is under a hurricane warning while Broward County remains under a tropical storm warning. Yesterday Governor Rick Scott declarded a State of Emergency and ordered partial activation of the Florida National Guard. According to the Sun Sentinal the weather service put odds of hurricane force winds of at least 74 mph at 20 to 25 percent. The Florida Power & Light Co. announced it was activating its emerygency reasponse plan, preparing to deploy 4,000 workers to restore power. In light of these looming events we have compiled a list of items that should be in your emergency survival kit to help you weather the storm.
The Core Emergency Survival Kit
• Water – one gallon per person, per day.
• Food – nonperishable and canned foods, along with a non-electric can opener.
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
• Flashlights with extra batteries.
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio. If battery-powered, have extra batteries.
• Extra clothing and blankets.
• A first-aid kit.
• Emergency cash and checks – credit cards may not be dependable if there is a power outage.
• Electronic chargers, including chargers that can be used in your vehicle.
• A whistle to signal for help.
• Duct tape.
• Copies of personal documents – including a home inventory list, insurance policies and other important legal and financial documents.
• Bug spray.
• Pen and notebook – use to keep notes, important phone numbers, etc., if power is out and electronic devices are not working.
• Baby supplies – diapers, wipes, infant formula, food and bottles.
• Pet food and extra water for your pets.
• Medications – if you, a family member, or a pet rely on daily medications, be sure
to include at least a three to seven-day supply.
• Copy of your insurance policies – both home and auto.
• Wills, trusts, deeds and birth certificates.
• Account numbers – bank accounts, insurance accounts, etc.
• Personal and family records.
• Copies of licenses and/or ID cards.
• Medical records.
• Legal and financial documents.
• An inventory of your home’s contents.
• Photographs of your home and your belongings.
As we prepare for Matthew and lines grow longer and longer please remember we are all in this together so be kind to one another and help your neighbors and the elderly as best you can. Please make sure you are prepared as well as possible and stay safe!