How to Prepare a Hurricane Family Emergency Plan

If you live in a hurricane prone area, then a hurricane family emergency plan may be useful.  This can help you determine what you will do before such an event.  The following are some tips on how to prepare such a plan.

First you will want to prepare a list of supplies that you will need in the case that a hurricane comes.  You will want to think about food supplies.  Make sure that you have items that can last without refrigeration since you may lose power during a hurricane.  Canned goods such as pastas, fruits, vegetables, etc. are useful.  Make sure that you have a portable can opener.  There are also some shelf stable meals that you can buy.  You can also get things like cereals.  There are also many drinks that you should get.  You should especially be sure to have enough bottled water on hand.  Make sure that you think about special dietary needs of family members such as baby food for babies.  Also, you will want to make sure that you have plenty of medication on hand.  You may want to have extra so that if you cannot get out to the pharmacy for a while you will still have.  You will want supplies like flashlights, batteries, a radio, and other items.  Some people want a generator, and you want to make sure you know how to safely use it.  You may want to buy these items when the hurricane season starts because the shelves can sometimes be emptied as a storm approaches. Store them in as safe a place as you can think of.  You might want to wrap them to protect them if water gets in. Remember that you may not be able to get to the store for days or even weeks after the storm. 

You will want to think about the things you will need to do if a hurricane is about to come and make a checklist of these things so nothing gets forgotten.  For instance, you will want to put up shutters if you have them.  You want to bring in things from the outside that could become flying cannons.  You will want to fill your car with gas so that you will be able to drive even if gas is unattainable for a little.  You want to charge all of your phones and maybe buy extra batteries for phones.    

You should also know what you will do if a hurricane comes.  Will you ride it out in the house?  If you are set for a shelter, then make sure you know which one you are going to.  Make sure that you make preparations for your pets. 

Making a hurricane emergency plan can help prepare you for the hectic time when a storm comes.  Consider the above tips to prepare such a plan.