Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
Consider that family members might be away from home, at work or in school.
Determine an evacuation route and a backup route in case of traffic.
Create a family communication plan with an emergency contact list.
Determine what you will do if separated. Use the FEMA app to record emergency meeting locations.
Create a disaster supply kit.
Mobile home residents should have a safe shelter plan.
Register those with special needs with the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division. See Page 10.
Have adequate and updated health insurance for your kids. Check www.floridakidcare.org for more information.
Check with the manufacturer for the proper way to secure your boat during a storm.
Purchase necessary hurricane materials such as additional mooring lines, crew anchors, fenders, fender boards, chafing gear, and anchors.
Do not moor parallel to the shore. Receding tides often capsize boats in this type of anchorage.
Safe storm moorings should consist of rope in good condition sufficient diameter and length, with at least three or four substantial anchor points.
Identify and protect vital records. Backup and store key files offsite.
Protect electronic equipment from possible water damage.
Have extra cash and your checkbook in case extra money is needed after the storm.
Develop a 24-hour emergency contact list with phone numbers of key employees.
Set up telephone numbers for employees to check in and receive company information.
Establish a temporary location for business operations in case your facility is damaged.
Give employees enough time to secure their homes and prepare their families.
Create a pet preparedness kit with medications, medical records, leashes, current photos of pets, food, water, bowls, cat litter, manual can opener, pet bed, pet carrier, ID collar, and toys.
Have a list of boarding facilities and vets who can shelter animals during an emergency.
Ensure all animals have some form of identification and evacuate animals whenever possible.
Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal along with experienced handlers and drivers.
Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment.
If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals.
Replace or repair broken or damaged fences.
Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles, or debris.
Consider replacing old or damaged shingles with new ones rated for hurricane force winds.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts and adjust downspouts so water drains away from the house.
Reinforce garage doors and tracks or replace with a hurricane tested door.
Reinforce double entry doors with heavy duty foot and dead bolts.
Use a security dead bolt with a one inch minimum bolt length.
If possible, install rated hurricane shutters and inspect existing shutters. Detailed instructions on boarding up windows can be found at: www.flash.org/peril_hurricanes.php.
Prepare a detailed written and or photographic inventory of your home’s contents and store it in a safe place with your policy.
Keep trees around your home trimmed well before a storm to prevent damage.
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