Whether you’re new to Florida or have been living in the greater Miami area for most or all of your lives like we have, you know the kind of life-threatening damage a major storm can inflict. While there’s no stopping the winds and rains, we can do our part to ensure that our homes are properly protected and that we are ready to take action in the event of an emergency evacuation.
As you prepare for hurricane season, make sure you prepare well by checking off the items on our hurricane checklist as well pack your emergency hurricane go-bag. After all, when the hurricane watches and warnings are scrolling across the television and on the radio, the time for preparation has passed.
12 Essentials to pack in your hurricane go-bag
Storms can change paths quickly, and if you wait too long to prepare for an evacuation, supplies you need may no longer be available. Some of the items FEMA recommends you have in your hurricane go-bag (even better – pack your items in water-tight bags or containers):
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day (for at least three days)
- Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food with a can opener if you are including canned food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert (and extra batteries)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Basic first aid kid and supplies
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape for sheltering in place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
- Flood and Homeowner’s Insurance Policies
- Pictures of the Property before the Hurricane
- Cell phone with chargers and a battery backup
Additional emergency supplies to include in a Hurricane GoBag
Consider your personal situation and include other items if necessary and as space allows.
- Prescription medications, contact lenses, and prescription glasses
- Important documents in a waterproof container
- Diapers and infant formula
- Games and activities for children
- Sleeping bags / blankets
- Complete change of clothing for each person as well as sturdy shoes
- Water purification tablets or household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof container
- Personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
- Pet food, extra water, and supplies
- Paper and pencil
Make sure the whole family knows about the importance of the go-bag and where it is. Your go-bag is designed for just that – to grab and go in the event of an emergency hurricane evacuation, so make sure it is in an easy spot to grab on your way out the door.
After the storm, it’s also important to take safety precautions upon returning. If you find that your property has been damaged by hurricane flooding and/or force winds, our experienced team is prepared to take care of you by effectively representing your claim against your insurance company. Even better – we’ll manage your claim at absolutely no cost to you unless we are successful. Contact us to set up a free consultation to learn more.