With Hurricane Ian expected to make landfall on Wednesday, the time to evacuate has essentially closed.
If you are riding out the storm at your home, you need to be prepared.
Here are some things to do now:
· Have your emergency kit ready and handy.
· Prepare to lose running water and electricity.
· Fill your bathtub with water and keep it full.
· The water in the tank of toilets – not the bowl -- can be used in an emergency
· Park your car in a garage if you can. If you cannot, park it downwind from your house.
As the storm comes in:
· Stay inside your home. The storm can be calmer for short periods, but it will worsen. Do not go outside.
· Do not look out the window during the storm.
· Close all interior doors and close the curtains and blinds.
· Get into a small room or closet, one with no windows, or a hallway on the home’s lowest level.
· If your home begins to flood, go to the highest level of the building. Do not go into an attic, because you could become trapped by rising water.
· Do not leave your pets outside under any circumstances.
You should have these items on hand where you can find them:
· Toilet paper
· Flashlights for each member of the family
· Battery-operated lanterns for light in each room
· For baby needs: Diapers, formula, toys, any needed medication
· For pet needs: Food, water, leash, litter for litter box
· Cellphones that are fully charged; battery chargers if you have them
· Duct tape
· Garbage bags
· First-aid kit
· Prescription drugs and other medications
· Car and house keys, stored where you can find them
· Toys, books and entertainment for children
· Important documents: birth certificates, Social Security card, home and car insurance policies. Keep them in something that is waterproof.
· Screwdriver, hammer, handsaw and other small tools.
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