If you have only moments
before leaving, grab these things and go!
Medical supplies: prescription medications and
Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio,
first aid kit, bottled water
Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a
sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each
keys and keys to the place you may be going
(friend's or relative's home)
officials haven't advised an immediate evacuation:
a chance the weather may get worse or flooding may
happen, take steps now to protect your home and
belongings. Do this only if local officials have not
asked you to leave.
Protect your home.
things indoors. Lawn furniture, trash cans,
children's toys, garden equipment, clotheslines, hanging
plants, and any other objects that may fly around and
damage property should be brought indoors.
Leave trees and shrubs alone. If you did not cut
away dead or diseased branches or limbs from trees and
shrubs, leave them alone. Local rubbish collection
services will not have time before the storm to pick
potential hazards. Look for coconuts, unripened
fruit, and other objects in trees around your property
that could blow or break off and fly around in high
winds. Cut them off and store them indoors until the
storm is over.
electricity and water. Turn off electricity at the
main fuse or breaker, and turn off water at the main
natural gas on. Unless local officials advise
otherwise, leave natural gas on because you will need it
for heating and cooking when you return home. If you
turn gas off, a licensed professional is required to
turn it back on, and it may take weeks for a
professional to respond.
propane gas service. Propane tanks often become
dislodged in disasters.
flooding is expected, consider using sand bags to keep
water away from your home. It takes two people about
one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags, giving you a
wall one foot high and 20 feet long. Make sure you have
enough sand, burlap or plastic bags, shovels, strong
helpers, and time to place them properly.
Remember. Houses do not explode due to air pressure
differences. Damage happens when wind gets inside a home
through a broken window, door, or damaged roof.
the outside of windows with shutters or plywood. Use
shutters that are rated to provide significant
protection from windblown debris, or fit plywood
coverings over all windows. Tape does not prevent
windows from breaking. All tape does is prevent windows
from shattering. Using tape on windows is not
Protect your valuables.
objects that may get damaged by wind or water to safer
areas of your home. Move television sets, computers,
stereo and electronic equipment, and easily moveable
appliances like a microwave oven to higher levels of
your home and away from windows. Wrap them in sheets,
blankets, or burlap.
Make a visual or written record of all of your
household possessions. Record model and serial numbers.
This list could help you prove the value of what you
owned if those possessions are damaged or destroyed, and
can assist you to claim deductions on taxes.
Do this for
all items in your home, including expensive items such
as sofas, chairs, tables, beds, chests, wall units, and
any other furniture too heavy to move. Store a copy of
the record somewhere away from home, such as in a safe
possible that your home may be significantly damaged by
impending disaster, consider storing your household
furnishings temporarily elsewhere.
Gather essential supplies and papers.
You will need the following supplies when you leave your
home; put them all together in a duffle bag or other
large container in advance:
Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
Prescription medications in their original bottle,
plus copies of the prescriptions
Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)
(at least one gallon per person is recommended; more
that do not require refrigeration or cooking
that infants and elderly household members may
Medical equipment and devices, such as dentures,
crutches, prostheses, etc.
of clothes for each household member
Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each
Checkbook, cash, and credit cards
- Map of
Important papers to take with you:
Driver's license or personal identification
of residence (deed or lease)
and marriage certificates
Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
deeds, and copies of recent tax returns