Hurricane Dorian could hit the Tampa Bay Area by this weekend, meaning now is the time for residents to prepare!
Here’s what to pack in an emergency kit and additional steps to take ahead of a hurricane, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Water: First and foremost, store at least three gallons of water per person — enough to last each three days.
Cash: Banks and ATMs could shut down. Power outages render debit and credit cards useless.
Documents: Keep copies of key documents in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container. These include identification such as passports and Social Security cards
Medications: Keep a one-week supply of prescription medications plus any over-the-counter items like pain relievers and antacids.
Food: Lay in a three-day supply of canned foods and dry mixes — nothing that needs refrigeration. Avoid thirst-inducing foods, and remember the dietary needs of those around you, including infants (ready-to-feed formula) and pets. Secure a hand-operated can opener.
Sanitation: Think moist towelettes, garbage bags and diapers.
Backup phone batteries: Extra batteries for your devices, also called portable power banks, could prove essential in a power outage. Here’s how to prep your smartphone for disasters.
Additional items: Flashlights with spare batteries, blankets, a first aid kid and NOAA weather radios are all recommended.