Hurricane tips

October 01, 2016
Jermaine Barnaby/Freelance Photographer A woman looks at almost empty supermarket shelf on Saturday, as shoppers prepare for Hurricane Matthew


 Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic. Plastic is essential to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment, and furniture from getting wet.

Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.

- Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition as these may be necessary.

- Make sure you have a supply of kerosene and coal. Keep coal dry by wrapping in a plastic bag or other waterproof material.

- Store extra food, especially things that can be eaten without cooking or that need very little preparation. Electricity may be off during a hurricane, leaving you without refrigeration.

- Make sure you have emergency equipment in your home. These include waterboots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries, portable radios, kerosene lamps, and matches.


- Water

Store water in plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as glass bottles.

- Store one gallon of water per person per day.

Keep at least a seven-day supply of water for each person in your household.

Do not forget water for your pets. They are also members of your family, if you have any.

- Food

Store at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation of cooking and little or no water.

These types of foods include:

- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables

- Canned juices

- Crackers

- Jams

- First-Aid Kit

A first-aid kit should include:

- Adhesive bandages in all sizes.

- Sterile gauze pads

- A small pair of scissors

- Needle and thread

- Assorted safety pins

- A supply of prescription medication, if you are taking any.

- A supply of non-prescription medications such as over-the-counter painkillers.

- Alcohol

- Cotton

- Tools and Supplies

Battery-operated radio and extra batteries



Flashlights - one per person, with extra batteries for each


Can opener

Utility knife

Plastic sheeting to protect valuable documents, etc.

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