As we all know, this is not the first hurricane to hit Florida; but, it is essential to keep in mind that each storm is different and has the potential to cause serious destruction. Mother nature is out of our control and all we can do is be prepared for the outcomes.
While it is a priority to try to stay calm during this hectic time, it is important to address the situation properly. Hurricane kits are a huge support system and will keep your loved ones safe. South Florida needs to be prepared for loss of power, damages and any other kind of emergencies we may endure. Make sure to get to the grocery store as soon as possible to stock up! Also, don’t forget any prescriptions you may have; you need to pick them up early.
Unfortunately, more than likely, the power will go out during a storm with this amount of power. We need to be ready.
Gas: Your tank needs to be full far in advance before the storm hits! If you wait until the last minute you may be out of luck; gas stations can run out early.
ATMS: Make sure to have extra cash on you – ATMs will not be accessible!
Cell Phones: Make sure your phone is charged up and limit your use to as little as possible.
A/C: This is the most uncomfortable side effect that we all face – a good tip is to work to prevent as much light as you can from coming in by covering up your windows from the inside. If you have back-up or battery operated fans, don’t run them unless you are in the room. Fans create a difference in perceived temperature but do not cool the room; instead they create a cooling effect by dispersing the heat off your skin. It is said they can actually add heat to a room just by running.
Water: Fill bathtub and large containers with water for washing and flushing only.
Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage. Have a cooler with ice packs prepared to cool your drinks and snacks after power has been out for more than 4 hours. Check out this food safety guide for when to discard your perishable food: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
This storm is a real threat and can be deadly and destructive; take it seriously, prepare now and most importantly, STAY SAFE!
For more information, please visit: http://www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide.aspx
Stay safe Boca!