Five days into the start of Hurricane Season and Florida had already experienced the effects of a tropical storm. Based off last year’s forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an active or extremely active hurricane season in 2013. They estimate that there could be 13 to 20 named storms this year, including multiple major hurricanes containing wind forces of 111 miles per hour.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have provided safety tips and hurricane checklists to prepare for the “extremely active” storm season.
- Buy a generator. Power loss is the most reported problem. It is recommended to purchase a stationary generator so you do not have to worry about gasoline.
- Get a chain saw. A chain saw could assist you in cutting away debris.
- Pack a preparedness kit. A basic kit will last you three days. Make sure to include water, non-perishable food, flashlights, battery radio, first aid kit, whistle, and a manual can opener.
- Review insurance. Flood insurance can help restore damages caused by flooding from hurricanes.
- Check the phone line or make sure your cell phone is charged.
- Checklist for your car. Make sure you have working windshield wipers and have a full tank of gas so you can be mobile after the storm passes.
According to the FDA, there are many other checklists and things to consider:
- Do not eat any food that could have come in contact with flood or contaminated water
- Keep the refrigerator doors closed to keep cool air inside
- Boiling water will kill most diseased organisms. Boil water for one minute and store in clean containers
- If you have to evacuate, take your pet with you if possible
- If you have lifesaving drugs that are exposed, the pills must be dry to use until a replacement can be found. If the pills have come into contact with floodwater, do not use.
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