As most of you know, Hurricane Matthew is rapidly approaching the United States as we speak. For those of you on the east Florida coast line, we will be keeping you in our thoughts as the storm continues to head your way. Please take the precautions needed to stay safe. If an evacuation has been issued, evacuate. We hope everyone stays safe. Here in Fayetteville, we are expecting to get a little of the Hurricane in a few days. At this point is is difficult to really tell if it will hit us, or decide to move out into the Atlantic and avoid us all together. Regardless, we need to be prepared and you guys that will be directly affected by this immense storm, need to prepare quickly. Below is a Hurricane Preparedness list to help you along if this is your first Hurricane.
1. Keep a List of Contact Information for Reference. You may not be able to rely on your phone. Make a list on with old fashioned pen and paper and keep it on you. Include Emergency Offices, local radio stations, your Property Insurance Agent, American Red Cross, County Fire and Rescue and local Hospitals.
2. Put Together a Supplies Kit- It is very possible that you lose electricity and water if the storm is drastic enough. Be prepared for this. Create a kit and gather supplies to keep you safe. You will need:
- 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
- Food (3 Day Supply)
- Battery-Powered or hand crank radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Whistle to signal help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or Pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local Map
- Cell Phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- Pet food (if you have pets)
- Infant Formula and Diapers
- Prescription Medications
- Warm Blankets
This list barely covers all of the things you would need to stay completely safe and comfortable. For more on this visit the National Hurricane Center website.
3. If evacuating, review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines and allow enough time to pack, inform friends and family and get to your destination
4. Be on Alert- Tornadoes and the “eye” of the storm are some of the most dangerous parts of a hurricane. Often times Tornadoes spawn from Hurricanes and cause even more destruction. The “eye” of the storm is also very dangerous, it may seem like the storm is over, but once the “eye” passes, the winds will change direction and QUICKLY return to a hurricane.
5. Recovery- Wait until your area has been declared safe before returning home or coming out of your shelter. Once the storm has passed, recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. During this time, continue to keep you and your families safety in mind. If assistance is needed, know how to seek for help. Visit this site to learn how.
We are all hoping Hurricane Matthew begins to calm down and does as little damage as possible, but please be prepared if you are in the path. Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon.
This doesn’t look like a very nice storm to get wrapped up in.