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Consumer Tip Monday, May 11, 2009

Palms   Hurricane Survival Kit
Ana, Bill, and Claudette are the first names on this year's Atlantic hurricane list.

Max Mayfield, Director of the National Hurricane Center from 2000 to 2007, gave this perspective on hurricanes: “History teaches us that we are going to have hurricanes.  There's nothing we can do about that. But there is something we can do, and that is to prepare for the hurricane.  If you can see the devastation after a hurricane, and talk to some of the people that have experienced it, I'll guarantee you that will be motivation enough to create your individual hurricane plan.”

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, so
we need to prepare now.   Everyone needs a family plan in case a hurricane (or other emergency) threatens.  To ensure the plan's success, discuss it with your children, extended family, and friends.  Also, check with your elderly neighbors to see if they have a plan.

Creating a family plan is not complicated but should be well thought out.  Use this checklist to be sure everything you need is included in your emergency supply kit, whether you plan to stay at home or evacuate.
Food and Water for 3-7 days
Drinking water: at least one gallon per person per day
Canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
Snacks, crackers, non-perishable foods
Canned or bottled drinks
Special food for infants and elderly
Manual can opener
Paper plates and plastic utensils
Coolers with ice
Water purification kit

Personal Items
Eyeglasses or contacts
Moisture wipes
Clothing, rain gear, shoes
Toys, books, games

Important Documents
( If you plan to evacuate, pack your valuable papers and other items in a waterproof container.)
Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers
Social Security card, driver's license
Video tape with all valuables recorded
Other Items
First aid kit and medicines
Flashlight and batteries
Battery operated radio with extra batteries
Cell phone and car charger
Cash (ATMs and banks may not be open or available)
Plastic tarps for quick repairs
Tools and nails
Cleaning supplies
Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows
Camera and film

Remember Your Pets
(Check ahead of time if the shelter will accept pets)
Identification and immunization records
Food, water, medications
Carrier or cage
Leash and muzzle

For more information, check these Web sites:

HH     Florida Public Service Commission
Hurricane House 

Get a Plan   Florida Division of Emergency Management

Red Cross
    Tallahassee Red Cross (with links to all Florida chapters)

     National Hurricane Center