Hurricane season in Florida runs from June 1 through November 30. Follow these three steps to preparedness:
- Make a Kit – see checklist below.
- Have a Plan – if you have to evacuate, where will you go?
- Be Informed – if you need special care, understand your needs.
By planning ahead you can avoid waiting in long lines for critical supplies and move to safety if needed.
VIDEO: Watch as Brenda Lyle, One Senior Place Care Manager, and Seminole County Emergency Management Services share information about hurricane preparedness for seniors.
BASIC NEEDS AND SUPPLIES:
- Water – one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
- Food – canned or dried foods that don’t need to be cooked (same supply as above) and disposable plates, utensils, and napkins
- Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs (do not use candles!)
- Battery operated or hand-crank radio
- First aid kit
- Medications and medical items (at least a 7 day supply)
- Multi-purpose tool (folds up pocket size)
- Sanitations and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, garbage bags)
- Copies of personal documents (medication list, pertinent medical information, deed/ lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates) *Store in waterproof container
- Cell phone with an extra battery and charger
- Contact information for family and friends
- Cash and coins (ATM’s may not be accessible)
- Emergency blanket
- Map of the local area
- Whistle (to attract emergency personnel)
- One change of clothing
- Manual can opener
- Pet supplies (food and vaccination records)
- Extra set of keys (car, house, etc.)
- One Senior Place Personal Planning Resource Guide
SUPPLIES FOR YOUR VEHICLE:
- Flashlight with extra batteries and extra bulbs
- First aid kit and manual
- Tire repair kit and jumper cables
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable foods such as granola bars
- Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher, shade item (umbrella, wide-brimmed hat, etc.)