HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS
- Flashlights and battery-powered lanterns are much safer than candles.
- Battery-operated radios.
- Keep a generous supply of batteries, all sizes, on hand.
- Nonperishable food supplies.
- Have all prescriptions filled.
- Keep a First Aid Kit in your home, as well as your automobile.
- Make sure you also have food supplies for your pets, as well as any medical supplies your pets may need. Remember the kitty litter!
- Have bottled water available in case of possible water contamination.
- Have a good supply of household cleaners, as well as disinfectants on hand.
- Make sure propane tanks are full for use with gas grills and outdoor cooking utensils.
- Make sure your automobile has a full tank of gas.
- Have cash or travelers checks.
- Know proper steps if a “boil water” alert is issued.
- Make sure windows and doors are secure and properly protected from flying debris.
- Discard perishable food items not refrigerated more than 24 hours.
- Turn off lights and appliances during a power outage. It is also a good idea to turn off the main power switch to your home from the outside electrical box to prevent a power surge and possible damage when power is restored.
- Never touch fallen power lines or wires! Consider all lines to be “live and dangerous”.
- Do not try to remove fallen trees/limbs that are entangled with fallen power lines.
- DO NOT use a generator in an enclosed area of the home, including the garage. Do not place under windows or under crawl spaces where carbon monoxide could potentially enter the home. Make sure your generator is in working condition by running it about 15 minutes before running any household appliances. Do not plug a portable generator into an outlet; connect it into your electrical wiring or main electrical panel. Try to have a generous supply of fuel for your generator on hand.
- Know your resources and those of your neighbors.
- Know of residents in your neighborhood who are elderly and may need special requirements. Disabled or elderly residents who need assistance with mobility or medical needs may be placed on the Special Needs Shelter Registry by contacting the Orange County Medical Clinic at 407-650-4031. Do not wait until a storm is on the way…do this now.
- Advise family and/or friends if going to a shelter or staying somewhere other than your home.
- Stay off roadways unless it is an emergency. Watch for debris and road flooding. When streetlights are out, every intersection is a four-way STOP.
- Have tarp or canvas on hand in case of roof damage.
- Make sure all your laundry is done before the storm hits!! Especially underclothes and towels!!
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
Use 9-1-1 only in an emergency.
Progress Energy: 1-800-228-8485
Bell South Repair: 1-800-964-6444 or 611