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Hurricane Preparedness Checklist as Florida Braces for Irma

NASA image acquired Sept 13, 2010 at 16:40 UTC Hurricane Igor (11L) in the Atlantic Ocean Satellite: Aqua Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team Click here to see more images from MODIS Original Image , which I rotated and tweaked with Aperture.

It is especially important to be prepared if there are babies, elderly, ill persons or special needs persons in the home, to ensure all needs are properly met in case a hurricane affects the area. Here is a hurricane safety checklist to help you in preparing:

  • Water in plastic containers. One gallon of water per person per day and a three-day supply per person is recommended as a starting point. It is important to account for hot environments, children, nursing mothers, ill persons and the elderly, as they will require more than the standard.
  • Food: a three-day supply of non-perishable food, including ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables. Canned juices, staples, vitamins, food for infants, and high-energy foods are all recommended.
  • First aid kit, prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Paper supplies and plastic utensils
  • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cash
  • Fire-extinguisher
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Matches
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Sanitation, clothing and bedding supplies
  • Any specialty items that may be needed for a baby
  • Any specialty items that may be needed for adults with medical needs
  • Entertainment
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Important documents in waterproof, portable container
  • Inventory of valuable household goods and important phone numbers