1. Supplies kit
- Essential medications and a first aid kit
- Pet food for one week if you have a pet and a can opener - Nonperishable foods for at least 3-7 days which include:
- Canned food: fruit, vegetables, soup, juice, and milk
- Jelly and peanut butter, bread, crackers,
- Nuts or trail mixes, dried fruit, beef jerky,
- Dry breakfast foods like, granola bars, Pop-Tarts, cereal
- Hard cheeses such as Swiss, cheddar, Monterey jack
- Tea, coffee, cookies, candy
- At least 3 gallons of water per day per person
- Disposable, plates, silverware, napkins, and plastic bags with zipper closures
- Rainwear, protective clothing, an extra pair of shoes, sleeping bag, bedding, and pillow
- Battery powered flashlight, radio and extra batteries
- Special items for infants, disabled family members and elderly
- Written instructions on how to turn off the electricity, gas, and water if authorities advise you to do so (You will need to contact your power, water, and/or gas company to turn service back on.)
- A waterproof container for important documents such as insurance cards, checking account information, and birth certificates
- Hand tools such as, drill, screwdriver, hammer, nails
- Heavy duty garbage bags
- Charge your cell phone
- Games and books
2. A personal evacuation plan
Decide where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several locations, family, friends, hotel/motel, and/or shelter. Have the telephone numbers of these alternatives as well as a map and directions.
3. A communication plan with parents/guardians/family/friends
Tell your family about your plans for evacuation during a storm. Plan with your family when you will contact them and make sure they have your cell phone number. An out of state friend or family member could be used as a point person for communication.
4. Watch TV and listen to the radio
Evacuation instructions and updates on the storm path will be given on local TV and radio. Evacuate IMMEDIATELY if you are advised to evacuate.
5. What to do and take when evacuating
- To take:
- Prescription medications
- Clothing, Bedding including sleeping bag, pillow
- Nonperishable foods, water, battery operated radio, first aid kit, flashlight, and batteries
- Cell phone, car keys, directions, maps, shelter locations, and contact information
- Driver’s license, Social Security card, insurance papers, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, wills, tax records
- To do:
- Unplug all electrical appliances
- Move all valuables off the floor to avoid damage in case of flooding
- Place belongings in closets or drawers
- Set the brake, close windows and lock any cars you are leaving at your home
- Close windows, doors, and lock your outside doors
6. High winds preparation
Purchase outdoor plywood boards for each window and glass door of your home or install hurricane shutters. Pre-drill holes and install anchors in the plywood so that you can put it up quickly. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from all the trees around your home and then strategically remove branches so that wind can blow through. The mobile or manufactured home should have tie-downs.
7. Home exterior preparation
Secure or bring in all lawn furniture, recycling bins, trash cans, hanging plants, outdoor decorations or anything that can be picked up by the wind.
8. Fill your gas tank
Gas stations cannot pump gas when the power is out. Fill up before the storm.
9. Supplies for disaster kits you should stock
Medications, water, nonperishable foods, first aid supplies, flashlights and batteries.
10. Pet supplies for evacuation
- Supplies to bring:
- Enough food and water for a week – one gallon of water per pet per day
- A week’s supply of all medications your pet will need
- Pet tags - with your name and contact information
- Vaccination information
- Pictures of your pet should you get separated
- Blankets, toys and litter for cats
- Make sure pets are leashed or placed in a cage/carrier at all times
- Make sure the hotel/motel allows pets if you plan to go to a motel/hotel
- In the Gainesville area, pets will only be allowed in certain shelters - dogs and cats must be in a carrier/crate in order to be accepted into any shelter
11. You will need cash
ATMs cannot provide cash when the power is out
12. Things to do when the hurricane arrives
- Listen to the local officials and evacuate if they tell you to.
- Stay indoors away from windows and glass doors.
- The storm is NOT over when the calm of the eye comes through. After the eye passes over the winds blow from the opposite direction and that is when the worst damage can happen.
- Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Stay indoors, in a closet or bathroom without windows or in the center of your home.
- Watch for flooded roads. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and the water is rising rapidly, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
13. Things to do when the hurricane is over
- Listen to the radio or local TV station for instructions.
- Return home only when local officials tell you it is safe to return if you have had to evacuate.
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Use flashlights not candles if you do not have power.
- Do not plug electrical appliances into outlets in standing water.
- Remember to boil water and check with the local news about safe drinking water because the water is often contaminated after a hurricane.
- Operate generators, chain saws and electrical appliances safely.
- For the safety of the community a curfew may be enacted. Stay home during curfew hours.
14. Information on shelters
15. Visit the following web sites or call the following hotlines for more information
- Red Cross: www.redcross.org
- UF Natural Disaster Preparation Plan: www.ehs.ufl.edu/disasterplan
- Alachua County Emergency Management Team: 352-264-6520
- Alachua County Special Needs Line: 352-264-6588
- Alachua County Rumor Control Hotline: 352-264-6557