Hope Depot came up with guidelines for you and your family to develop an emergency plan before the storm hits:
-Keep your family safe and informed by designating meeting places for you family if separated, like a local church or school. Choose and out-of-state friend as a “check-in contact.” Write down important contact numbers on a family emergency contact card. Make sure each member of your family knows the locations and contact information.
-Appoint an adult family member to learn how and when to turn off electricity, gas and water.
-Know the nearest shelter and evacuation routes.
-Be sure to include how you will care for your pets in your family disaster plan.
Gather the supplies that you may need during and after a storm. Include plenty of water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, portable radio, flashlight and extra batteries, and medications.
-Make certain that everything you need is readily available for you to grab in an emergency.
Find a safe place to move your vehicle and/or boat.
Clean bathtubs and fill with water in case water lines are damaged. Use water for cleaning only.
-Check your insurance policy to see if it provides adequate coverage for damage caused by floods and high winds.
-Store all your valuables and important records in a waterproof container and in a safe place.
* We take no responsibility for errors or damages resulting from information you find in this recommended plan.
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