Hurricane Tips-Last Minute Preparations- Palm Beach County
For now, Erika is still a Tropical Storm. Depending upon what happens in the next few days if and when Erika passes over Puerto Rico, Palm Beach County may get our first hurricane in 10 years this Monday.
If you are new to the area or if you are a long-term resident but complacent about hurricanes, there is still time to “get your house in order.”
I learned of an app that various communities offer called CodeRED Mobile Alert. You can register with the site and alerts will be sent to you for such emergencies as evacuations, boil water notifications, warnings of chemical spills, etc. The City of Delray beach has implemented this alert for its residents, but other cities throughout the country offer it for their residents as well.
What You Can Do Now!
2.Make sure your vehicles’ gas tanks are full and are equipped with what you would need for a road trip, such as flashlights and a first aid kit.
3.Make sure you have sufficient propane for your grill. It will become your best friend. We were without power for over 3 days, but we still had coffee and hot meals!
4. Check your supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
5.Get cash! The power company works long and hard during power outages, but if it is widespread, power may be out for days. (or weeks as in the case of Hurricane Wilma) ATM’s need power to work!
6. Do your laundry! Quit laughing! No power or water means dirty laundry!
7. Charge your power tools. These will assist you with repairs after the hurricane.
8. Make sure you have your Grab and Go Box ready and everything you need in it.
9. Bring in anything and everything that isn’t heavily anchored or could become a missile. Don’t trim now unless you have a way to haul it off yourself.
10. Head to your market for last minute items, ice and some fresh produce. After Hurricane Wilma, I remember people saying how much they missed something fresh, like an apple. Don’t forget your pets!
11. Place your papers, electronics, paper towels, clothing, etc. in zip locks or plastic tubs. If you’re staying through the hurricane and your roof goes or a window is blown out, you’ll be glad you kept these dry.
12. Fill your bathtub with water.
13. Make sure you have the contact numbers of your family, friends, and neighbors. And be sure to check on your elderly neighbors.
14. You know you can’t live without them, so make sure you have charged and backed up your phones, tablets, and laptops.
15. If you have hurricane shutters, now is the time to reacquaint yourself with them. Don’t wait until the rain is pounding down on you and you are outside on a ladder trying to figure out how to affix your shutter.
Please remember that in the worse case scenario, it can take days for first responders to enter the damaged area. Do your part by being prepared and having at least 3 (or more) days worth of supplies for you and your family.