Hurricane preparation is a part of everyday life in the Sunshine State. With record-breaking weather events happening worldwide, it's crucial to be prepared even in your own backyard.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for a hurricane while being environmentally conscience.
Buy reusable water bottles or canteens.
Instead of buying a bunch of plastic water bottles, get a beefier canteen to fill up. Canteens hold massive amounts of water and are less likely to fall apart if used in long-term emergencies.
When using a refillable container for water, it's essential to make sure your water is safe to drink. If your drinking water is contaminated, boil it for one minute and then let it cool. If you can't boil your water, add 1/8 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of water and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Turn your power off.
Turn your power off if you plan to evacuate your home during an incoming storm. Cutting your power off helps save energy and relieves a probably strained power grip, but most importantly for you, cutting the power helps mitigate damage to any electronics left behind.
Get a disaster supply kit.
Visit Ready.gov to ensure you have all the items needed for a disaster supply kit. Items include a gallon of water per person, flashlights, and non-perishable food like peanut butter, granola, canned food, and a flashlight. Bonus points if you use refillable water containers and rechargeable batteries for your flashlights!
As the storm approaches, supplies needed for a hurricane will become harder to find. Each year, check your hurricane supplies to ensure everything you have is up to date and in good condition.
Make sure everyone in your family knows your hurricane plans. It's essential to ensure your entire family is on the same page in case an evacuation occurs.
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