Greetings Everyone! This entry is going to be different than our usual event posting! In the wake of tropical storm IAN which is suspected to reach category 4 hurricane status, we want to arm you with the knowledge during this time to ensure you know what do, want you to stay aware and be prepared. So, we have assembled the below checklist with valuable tips to better protect yourself and your belongings. And remember, when in doubt, always follow your local authorities’ directives!
We hope this list is helpful to you as you prepare for the worst but hope for the best during tropical storm IAN.
What Should I Do?
- Make sure you have current Renter’s Insurance!!! Be sure you have your policy numbers and claims
dept. phone number handy. Remember…the apartment community’s insurance covers our buildings…not your belongings.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Check your disaster supplies and restock as needed.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (lawn furniture on balconies, etc.)
- Close windows and doors.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Fill your car’s gas tank
- Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.
- Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
What Supplies do I need?
- Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day.
- Food—3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
- Extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Multi-purpose tool.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Cell phone with chargers.
- Family and emergency contract information.
- Extra cash.
- Emergency blanket.
- Map(s) of the area.
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, diapers).
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier).
- Pet Documents, most shelters require proof of vaccines.
- Extra set of car keys and house keys.
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes.
- Rain gear.
- Insect repellent and sunscreen.
- Camera for photos of damage.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids w/extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane).
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, lease to residence, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
What do I do after a hurricane?
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.