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Hurricane Season

HURRICANE SEASON IN ST JOHNS COUNTY & HOW TO PREPARE:

  1. Create an Emergency Plan:
    • Determine evacuation routes and shelters in your area.
    • Decide on a communication plan for your family members.
  2. Prepare an Emergency Kit:
    • Non-perishable food items (canned goods, dried fruits, nuts, energy bars).
    • Water (1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days).
    • Manual can opener.
    • Flashlights and extra batteries.
    • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
    • First aid kit.
    • Prescription medications and medical supplies.
    • Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, toothbrush, soap, etc.).
    • Important documents (ID, insurance policies, medical records, etc.).
    • Cash.
    • Multi-tool or Swiss army knife.
    • Extra clothing and blankets.
    • Pet supplies if you have pets.
  3. Secure Your Home:
    • Trim trees and shrubs to prevent debris from becoming projectiles.
    • Reinforce windows and doors with storm shutters or plywood.
    • Clear gutters and drains.
    • Reinforce garage doors.
  4. Review Insurance Coverage:
    • Make sure your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is up-to-date and covers wind and flood damage.
  5. Fuel and Transportation:
    • Keep your vehicles fueled.
    • Ensure you have a full tank of gas.

As a Hurricane Approaches:

  1. Monitor the Situation:
    • Stay informed about the hurricane’s progress through weather alerts, news, and official sources.
  2. Evacuation Planning:
    • If you are in an evacuation zone, follow official instructions to evacuate.
  3. Finalize Preparations:
    • Fill bathtubs and containers with water for non-drinking purposes.
    • Freeze containers of water to help keep perishables cold during power outages.
    • Charge all electronic devices.
  4. Secure Outdoor Items:
    • Bring in outdoor furniture, toys, and other items that could become projectiles in strong winds.

Shopping List:

  1. Non-perishable Food:
    • Canned fruits, vegetables, and meats.
    • Canned soups and stews.
    • Pasta, rice, and instant noodles.
    • Peanut butter and jelly.
    • Crackers and biscuits.
  2. Water:
    • Bottled water (1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days).
  3. First Aid Kit:
    • Bandages, gauze, and adhesive tape.
    • Antiseptic wipes and ointment.
    • Tweezers and scissors.
    • Pain relievers and fever reducers.
  4. Personal Hygiene Items:
    • Toilet paper and wet wipes.
    • Hand sanitizer and soap.
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
    • Feminine hygiene products.
  5. Miscellaneous:
    • Batteries (various sizes for flashlights and devices).
    • Flashlights and lanterns.
    • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio.
    • Manual can opener.
    • Portable phone charger or power bank.

Remember to customize the list according to your family’s specific needs and circumstances. It’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared during hurricane season.

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