Hurricane Season 2020: Emergency Preparedness Checklist

This week officially kicked off the 2020 Hurricane Season and it’s shaping up to be a busy season as storm Cristobal is already forming and for Florida homeowners that means being prepared as most hurricanes tend to target The Sunshine State. Now is the time to put together a hurricane preparedness list.

Here are some essential items that you should have ready for the Hurricane Season 2020:

Stock up on bottled water. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person for a minimum of three days.

Non-perishable foods. Snacks such as granola bars and canned foods should be well-stocked for up to three days per person. Oh, and don’t forget the can opener.

Battery-operated radio. Don’t rely on your smartphone or television to keep you in the know. A hand-crank or battery-operated radio may sound old fashioned but it provides the best updates especially if it has a tone alert. This is especially important in the event of tornadoes.

Extra batteries. You will want plenty of batteries in all sizes and a flashlight as well. Again, there is a likelihood that you will be without power in your home.

Whistle. That’s right..just like the ones lifeguards have at pools. If for some reason you are trapped in your home, a whistle will be able to alert first responders and rescuers to where you are.

Garbage bags and wipes. The wipes are mostly for personal use and you will be glad you have them on hand.

Formula or extra diapers for infants.

Matches and candles in an airtight resealable container

Don’t forget fido and have enough pet food and ample water for all your pets.

A standard first aid kit (also a good idea to have in your Florida vehicle as well)

Copies of your Florida homeowners’ insurance policy, your bank account numbers all kept in a water-safe container.

Changes of clothing and dry blankets.

Disposable plates, cups and cutlery

Any prescription medication and any OTC medicines such as ibuprofen or aspirin

Last but certainly not least, plenty of board games, cards or any activities to keep you entertained

These are just the basic essentials you need in your hurricane preparedness list and there is no time like the present to have it ready. Stay safe!