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Hurricane season is right around the corner (June 1st-November 30th) and the American Red Cross Chapter of North Central Florida wants to make sure that you and your family are as prepared as possible! In order to do this we’ve provided some handy tips & tricks below that are both useful and practical.

  • Get your supplies together it’s time to build an emergency kit!In order to make your kit the best of the best so that you will be ready in case of a hurricane it needs to contain the following items:
    • A gallon of water per day, per person
    • Non-perishable food items
    • A first aid kit
    • Flashlight
    • batteries
    • Medications
    • Infant supplies  (if needed)
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Copies of important papers
    • Electronic chargers
    • Extra cash
    • Emergency contact information
    • Maps
  • Plan and Practice!
    • Create your evacuation plan as early as possible and practice it with the whole family before a hurricane hits.  That way you will all be ready if you have to put your plan into action.
  • Knowledge is power!
    • Inform yourself about your community‘s hurricane response plan and be aware of local sheltering options.
      • IMPORTANT: If you or any of your family members have special needs it is essential to register them with your local emergency management office and find out the locations of the special needs shelters in your area.
  • Know your coverage!
    • Many home owners with home owner’s insurance feel prepared for unexpected events however, something that many people fail to realize is that standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding nor flood related damages. Flooding is a common occurrence in hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rains so it may be a good idea to invest in flood insurance, especially if you live in coastal areas or below sea level.

Bonus Tip: A great resource for small business owners and other organizations is the Ready Rating system, a resource that helps organizations coordinate disaster response in the event of an emergency. More information can be found at http://www.readyrating.com.


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