With Hurricane Joaquin barreling down on the Bahamas and heading towards the U.S. Eastern Seaboard it's a good time to remind everyone that we still have another two months of hurricane season to withstand. Even though it's more than likely Joaquin will miss us and head back out to sea-- we should always be ready.
Here are some basic tips to being prepared for a hurricane:
-Have a hurricane plan made up ahead of time that includes knowing your particular evacuation route. Pet owners take your pets with you. If you are in a flood zone have sandbags to protect your property. If you don't have storm shutters have materials on hand to board up your windows.
-Stockpile vital supplies including: (Pre-storm) water (1 gallon a day for each family member for at least three days), non-perishable foods, manual can opener, flashlights and batteries, and a battery operated radio or TV. (Post-storm) heavy bottom pots/pans and a grill (only use out of doors) as long as the gas and electric are out.
-Be sure to have emergency numbers in your fully charged cell-phone and back up all your computer files and photos.
For more on Hurricane Preparedness go to http://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricane/hurricane-guide/