Annual preparation tips
Keep these tips in mind for yearly cleanup and preparation, so you’re ready for any storm that might come your way.
- Trim branches and clean gutters.
- Make repairs around the house, like fixing broken window panes or missing shingles.
- Make a family communication and evacuation plan.
- Prepare an inventory of your belongings with photos and videos.
- Compile a list of phone numbers for local police, fire and rescue services and family, friends and neighbors.
- Put together an emergency supply kit.
- Keep a roadside emergency kit in your car.
- Protect and store family valuables and important papers – like photographs, medical records and birth and marriage certificates – in waterproof containers.
Emergency supply kit
One way to prepare for a storm is to have an emergency supply kit ready. Here’s a list of things to include:
- First-aid supplies
- Bottled water – one gallon per person per day, for at least three days
- Nonperishable food
- Battery-operated flashlight, radio and extra batteries
- Prescription and other medications
- Cash – ATMs may not work during a power outage
- A charged cellphone
- Phone numbers for emergency services, family, friends and neighbors
- Blankets, clothing and toiletries
- Necessary items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
- Pet supplies – food, water and medications
It’s a good idea to check your supply kit from time to time, to make sure nothing has expired. And remember to restock your kit after a storm, so it’s ready for the future.