A hurricane on the way can be frightening for everyone, especially children and teenagers. Going over your emergency plan now can help ease some of their fears, and give everyone the confidence that he/she will know what to do in the event of a storm.
Some quick tips:
- Have a family meeting about the weather conditions. Explain why you'll need to stay safe at home or evacuate as the storm nears.
- Locate and agree on a safe room (or safe areas) in your home. Move pillows, flashlights, batteries, food and other hurricane supplies to that area.
- Gather necessary medicines, glasses/contact lenses, a first aid kit, and items for children such as baby formula and diapers. Keep them handy.
- Come up with an escape route from your house.
- Decide on a rendez-vous point where everyone can meet in case you're separated during the storm.
- Write out contact information for family members. Include work and school, meeting locations and emergency services.
- Decide on a family contact who lives out of town or out of state, so all family members have a single point of contact in case of emergency. Make sure everyone knows this person and his/her phone number.
- Make sure a young child knows his/her name, address and home phone number.
- Post emergency phone numbers near your phone and explain when and how to call 911.
- Decide what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- If there's a chance you'll evacuate, pack in advance, and allow children to pack one special item for comfort, such as a stuffed animal.
Before a storm threatens, you should create a file with copies of all the documents you'll need after the storm. Be sure to keep this important information with you during a hurricane, especially if you're forced to evacuate.
Personal identification (driver's license or photo identification card)
- Copies of the following:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Social Security cards
- Inventory of household goods
- Proof of Home and Car Insurance policies
- Immunization records
- Bank and credit card account numbers
- Stocks and bonds
- Emergency contact list and phone numbers
- Map of the area and phone numbers of places you could go
Download the ABC 7 MySuncoast.com Hurricane Guide and save or print it for an offline reference.