As Hurricane Irma barrels towards Florida, there’s no better time to think about hurricane safety.
If you opt to stay in your home to weather the storm, there are a few things you can do to boost your safety and help protect yourself — and your abode — from high winds, lashing rain and other hurricane-induced conditions.
1. Board up your windows
2. Make sure you have a hurricane emergency kit on hand so that you have food, water and First-Aid supplies at your disposal, especially handy in case of power outage or injury.
The National Hurricane Center recommends the following items in your disaster supply kit:
*Water (at least 1 gallon per person for 3-7 days.)
*Food (enough for 3-7 days. Include non-perishable items, non-electric can opener, snack foods and disposable plates/utensils.)
*Blankets and pillows
*First Aid kit, medicines and any applicable prescriptions.
*Special items for babies or the elderly, if needed
*Toiletries, hygiene items and wet wipes
*Flashlight and batteries
*Battery-operated weather radio
*Fully charged cell phone with extra batteries
*Cash and credit cards
*Toys, books and games
*Important documents enclosed in a waterproof bag or container
*Vehicles with full fuel tanks
*Pet care items (food, water, identification, leash, carrier and/or cage)
The path of Hurricane Irma is still uncertain, but if you find yourself affected by the storm, please stay safe. And if you’ve experienced a hurricane and have any other tips to offer, feel free to leave us a comment!