Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Posted on Jul 31st 2020 by Florida Blue

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Hurricane season is upon on us, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th.

As you make a list of necessary supplies, consider your impact on the environment, most supplies are reusable or recyclable, but bottled water can be both challenging to find and costly. Avoid the stress and anxiety of searching for bottled water by purchasing reusable water jugs and containers, these can be the type you see at sports games (the orange coolers), or these handy, easy to store and stack "aqua-tainers." 

These 7 gallon jugs meet the National Hurricane Center’s requirements for daily water supply (1 gallon per person, per day) each jug prepares you with one weeks water supply which can be easily filled as needed, prior to the arrival of a storm from your water supply at home. Tap water is just as safe as bottled water, in fact most bottled water is just tap water, regardless of what spring the label says it's from. Reusable water bottles are a stress free way to prepare for storms and they’re better for the Planet. Tap water is readily available and safe to consume up until a storm makes landfall. 

Hurricane Preparedness Supply List

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)

  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

  • Flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • Extra batteries

  • Whistle (to signal for help)

  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)

  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)

  • Manual can opener (for food)

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Perhaps you are new to the sunshine state or maybe you’ve witnesses a storm or two in the past. We’re here to ensure all our members stay safe and prepared this hurricane season.

Here are some tips from the National Hurricane Center to help you prepare, these tips have been updated to reflect CDC Guidelines for a hurricane season under COVID-19 precautions.

1. Determine Your Risk

2. Develop an Evacuation Plan

3. Assemble Disaster Supplies

4. Complete a Written Plan

 

For more information from the National Hurricane Center on hurricane preparedness visit: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/2020-hurricane-plan

 


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