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SERVPRO of North Sarasota Helping Create a Family Hurricane Readiness Plan

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

A hurricane on the way can be frightening for everyone, especially children and teenagers. Going over your emergency plan now can help ease some of their fears, and give everyone the confidence that he/she will know what to do in the event of a storm.

  • Have a family meeting about the weather conditions. Explain why you’ll need to stay safe at home or evacuate as the storm nears.
  • Locate and agree on a safe room (or safe areas) in your home. Move pillows, flashlights, batteries, food and other hurricane supplies to that area.
  • Gather necessary medicines, glasses/contact lenses, a first aid kit, and items for children such as baby formula and diapers. Keep them handy.
  • Come up with an escape route from your house.
  • Decide on a rendezvous point where everyone can meet in case you’re separated during the storm.
  • Write out contact information for family members. Include work and school, meeting locations and emergency services.
  • Decide on a family contact who lives out of town or out of state, so all family members have a single point of contact in case of emergency. Make sure everyone knows this person and his/her phone number.
  • The Department’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) program allows Floridians to securely register contact information online at https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ and in driver license offices. DHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes says the information can only be accessed by law enforcement in times of emergency. There is no fee to register.
  • Make sure a young child knows his/her name, address and home phone number.
  • Post emergency phone numbers near your phone and explain when and how to call 911.
  • Decide what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Make a plan for your pets - don’t leave them behind.
  • If there’s a chance you’ll evacuate, pack in advance, and allow children to pack one special item for comfort, such as a stuffed animal.

Any questions please call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

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