Hurricane Season is in Full Force: Start with A Safety Checklist
As Texas starts to recover from Hurricane Harvey, our southern locations are preparing for Hurricane Irma to make landfall in Florida this weekend. Many islands have already been devastated by this storm, and people are rushing to devise their plans for either weathering or evacuating from Irma.
Some of McNaughton-McKay’s locations are in the path of the hurricane and our Charleston and Savannah branches are closed until at least September 12. As our employee families and others continue to prepare for Irma to make landfall, it’s good to have a checklist of items that are needed. Preparation is your best defense against a hurricane.
Per the ready.gov hurricane webpage there are basic things you can do to prepare for a hurricane.
KNOW WHERE TO GO
You should be aware of evacuation routes and have a plan for where you’re staying. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Your local emergency management agency can help you with that information, or check with FEMA.
HAVE YOUR SUPPLIES READY
The American Red Cross recommends:
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day. You can fill your bathtub and sink with water or Ziploc bags of water in your freezer.
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
MAKE A FAMILY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLAN
The ready.gov website has compiled a list to help you in your efforts.
For information about McNaughton-McKay branch closures you can visit our Branch Closure page for opening and closing listings. We are keeping everyone affected by these hurricanes in our thoughts. In the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhause from Hill Street Blues, “Let’s be careful out there.”