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    Hurricane Season Begins Today, June 1, 2012

    Today is the official start of Hurricane Season.  Did you know being prepared for a hurricane and TrueCouponing go hand in hand?  How?  Well, this website exists to help you get the most out of every dollar you spend on groceries, household items, health & beauty items, etc.  We encourage you to buy items when they are at their lowest prices (combining sales and coupons) instead of waiting until you need the items and paying full price.

    With hurricane season about to start, it’s time to take some of that stockpile and create your Emergency Supplies Kit.   We’ll give you guidance on what to include in your kit, a link to print your own hurricane tracking chart as well as give you lots of helpful information about dealing with the season.  There’s even some fun stuff for the kids to do – of course, they can learn at the same time.

    There is an almost overwhelming amount of information to keep in mind when preparing for a hurricane, during the storm itself and after the storm.  We won’t attempt to give you all of it in this post, but we will include some and then give you resources to access more.

     

     

     

     

    First things first – at a minimum, your Emergency Supplies Kit should include…

    At least a 3-day supply of water (1 gal per person per day Emergency tools
    At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener Flashlight and extra batteries
    At least one change of clothing and shoes per person Extra set of car keys
    One blanket or sleeping bag per person Credit card and cash
    First aid kit Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
    Battery powered National Weather Radio and a portable radio Prescription and non-prescription medications


    You may find that there are other items that are necessary for your family.  If you have pets, you need to consider what to include for them as well.  It’s a good idea to have your pet micro-chipped in case it gets lost during the storm.  Check with your vet for more information.  Have a current picture of your pet and keep a collar on them at all times.  Keep in mind that if you need to go to a hurricane shelter, most do not let you bring your pet.  So it’s a good idea to locate the ones near you and find out what their policy is.

    Before A Hurricane (You can do some of these things now!)

    • Remove loose limbs and shrubs around the house, especially dead limbs hanging by the rooftop.
    • Clean gutters. Keep them free from debris so water does not get backed up inside.
    • Do not tape windows. Use storm shutters or board up big windows with plywood.
    • Bring all patio furniture and plants inside. Don’t leave anything unanchored that could blow around in the wind. Pools are a safe spot to place furniture. (That’s right! Just toss that patio furniture right into the pool!)
    • Insurance policies, tax records, social security cards, passports, vehicle titles and other important documents and keepsakes should be stored in plastic bags to prevent water damage.
    • Important information and files on your computer should be backed up to a disk or thumb drive.
    • It is dangerous to leave back-up generators inside of your home or garage. Carbon monoxide can be deadly, so generators should be kept outside and well-ventilated.
    • Make sure your vehicle is ready to go and has a full tank of gas.
    • Know your hurricane evacuation route.
    • Be familiar with what your home insurance policy covers in the event of a flood.  If your home is flooded but not wind-damaged, it may not be covered.

    When A Hurricane Approaches

    With all of the sophisticated tracking equipment in use by the media, we know days in advance when a storm is headed our way.  We’ve noticed in our family that this tends to make us a bit inattentive when the local weather station starts reporting on a new storm that just left the coast of Africa.  To help battle that inattentiveness and end up being caught off guard, you can follow the link below to download your own hurricane tracking chart.  Maybe you can assign the kids the job of updating as the bulletins are issued.

    East Coast – Africa Coast
    Florida East and Gulf Coast

    Names for 2012  When a storm becomes strong enough to be classified as a Tropical Storm, it’s given a name.
    Here is a list of this year’s storm names:



    Kid’s Stuff
    http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-hurricane.htm
    http://www.ready.gov/kids
    http://www.getagameplan.org/media/getagameplancoloringbook.pdf
    http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/weather-ed/weather-encyclopedia/hurricanes-and-tropical-systems/

    Additional Resources
    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/
    http://www.ready.gov/
    http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/
    http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/checklists/Hurricane.pdf
    http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Documents/HurricanePrepGuideJune2011.pdf

    Being prepared before an emergency strikes can make if feel like less of an emergency when it happens.
    Get prepared now and be ready!

     

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    • Karrie

      We moved to Florida from N Virginia last fall, so I’m all about finding ideas on ways to prepare for hurricane season.  Thanks so much for the pointers.