Are you ready for a hurricane? Read through the following checklist compiled by CNN to make sure you're ready before a storm hits your neighborhood.
Hurricane Apps -- Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. A First Aid app is also available.
Board Up -- Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8-inch plywood.
Bring The Outside In -- Bring outside items like patio furniture in if they could be picked up by the wind.
Garage Doors -- Reinforce your garage doors by installing horizontal bracing onto each door panel, heavier door hinges and stronger center and end supports either with a retrofit kit from a home improvement store or through individual parts.
Refrigerator Prep -- Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
Smash & Flood -- Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.
How Much Food? -- Try to stockpile at least three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
How Much Water? -- Have a three-day supply of water on hand -- one gallon per person per day.
Backup Water -- Fill your bathtub with water if/when fresh water supplies become scarce.
Runnin' On Empty -- Get a full tank of gas in at least one of your cars.
Lock It Up -- Store important documents such as passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates and deeds in a watertight container.
Get Shelter Information -- Learn the location of the nearest shelter and/or the nearest pet-friendly shelter if you are evacuating and cannot bring the family dog or cat.
Learn Alternate Routes -- Go over your evacuation plan with your family, and learn alternate routes to safety.
Clear The Area -- Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes, if possible.
Notify Others -- Leave a note to say where you are going if you must evacuate.
Unplug -- Unplug all small appliances and electronics before you leave the house.
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