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Personal Conditions Checklist in the days leading up to a hurricane event.
- Listen for weather updates on local stations and on NOAA Weather Radio. Don’t trust rumors. Stay tuned to the latest information.
- Remember, hurricanes can be unpredictable. Errors can occur in the forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. Don’t focus on the precise forecasted track. Instead, heed the warnings of local officials. For more information visit www.noaa.gov or www.weather.gov and find information for your area.
- Be sure to have a Disaster Supply Kit prepared. Purchase any items you don’t already have. Refill prescriptions and maintain a two-week supply throughout hurricane season.
- Clear your yard of lawn furniture, potted plants, bicycles, trash cans and other items that could become airborne in strong winds. Leave swimming pools filled and chlorinated. Cover the filtration system.
- Never sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the street or stormwater system. This clogs up stormwater pipes and prevents water from draining.
- Cover windows and doors with plywood or storm shutters. Brace double entry and garage doors at the top and bottom.
- If your house has a pool, ensure that it is prepared for the storm. Lower the water level to accommodate heavy rains, but do not drain completely. Add extra chlorine to the pool and turn off electrical power to pool equipment.
- If you plan on using a generator to provide temporary electrical power in the case of a power loss, be aware of the associated hazards. Read this short FEMA bulletin on Generator Safety.
- If there is a chance of flooding, move important items (electronics, antiques and furniture) from the floor.
- Unplug and secure high-value electronics equipment. When lowering a television antenna, be very careful and do not touch power lines due to the risk of electrocution.
- Store water in bathtubs, barrels, jugs, and other containers. Use this water for bathing and sanitary purposes, DO NOT USE THIS WATER FOR DRINKING.
- Fill your gas tank and check oil, water and tires. Gas pumps won’t operate without electricity after a storm passes. Do not wait until the evacuation order to do this.
- If you are planning on using Manatee County shelters or shelters outside of this County, become familiar with the established travel routes to and from those shelters.
- If you plan to shelter your pets at a kennel or clinic, call before evacuating to determine if space is available. Allow sufficient time to travel from the kennel to your evacuation destination after making certain that your animals are secure.
- Ensure that your pets have current vaccinations and you have the associated paperwork. It will be required when you check your pet into a pet friendly hotel/motel, kennel, or veterinarian office.
- Secure your boat early. Drawbridges will be closed to boat traffic after an evacuation order is issued.
- Get cash. Banks and ATMs won’t be in operation without electricity and few stores will be able to accept credit cards or personal checks.
- Gather your survival kit and important papers (such as insurance papers, wills, marriage and birth certificates, telephone and address books, money, checkbook, etc.) and place them in a dry accessible place.
- Contact family and friends to inform them of where and with whom you will be staying during the storm.
BE PREPARED BE SAFE BE CALM BE AWARE
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