Basic steps you can take to make sure you are prepared should a hurricane strike:
- Create a “Family Emergency Plan” – you want to ensure that every family member knows how to reach or reconnect with each other.
- Post emergency numbers (fire, police, ambulance) by the phone. Teach children how to call 911 for help. Identify family meeting places in case you are separated. Everyone should be clear about this location.
- Develop an emergency communication plan. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as an additional point of contact.
- Make sure everyone knows the telephone number of this contact.
- Assemble an “Emergency Supply Kit”
- Your kit should include basic food supplies and water to keep you and your family going for a minimum of 3 days. In addition, you should have a 30-day supply of medications that you or your family members may take. Check out additional emergency supplies you may want to keep.
- Make sure that you and family members are aware of evacuation routes and the location of potential emergency shelters in case you feel that it is prudent to leave your home.
- Don’t forget about your car! Your car should be placed in a garage or away from potential flood waters. Well before the storm arrives, fill up the gas in your car in the event you need to evacuate.
Remember, forewarned is forearmed – so keep your ears open for potential weather coming your way. Generally, hurricanes that impact New England come from the south and you will have several days notice prior to landfall. Check weather.com or The Weather Channel on a regular basis to stay up-to-date regarding developing weather systems that may impact you.