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Assemble Disaster Supplies

According to Weather.gov, you’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of three days. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio, and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable crank or solar powered USB charger.

You will want to gather ahead of time as many of the items on this list provided by Easter Seals. Be sure you test all of the electronics and batteries (especially if they are from last year’s supply kit). Here in Florida, batteries get corroded fast. The last thing you want to do is fight the lines trying to buy up the last bit of water on the stores’ shelves. Once the hurricane has been named, you should already have your plan in place, your propane ready and your supplies in your home.

In 2017, Wikipedia reports 3 of the 5 most costly hurricanes in history hit Florida. On 8/25/17, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a category 4 and supplies from much of Florida was sent their way. Then on 9/10/17, Hurricane Irma came in as a category 5, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history. She stalled and people from the keys evacuated north and by the time she hit landfall, the projected cone went right up through the middle of Florida and there was nowhere to go. On 9/20/17, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and other islands.

My point is, there was barely enough time to gather supplies and nowhere to go during certain hurricanes. Start early and don’t get caught with having not talked it over with your family, no supplies and no evacuation plans should you need to leave.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gotta Gal