Hurricane Ian has reminded us all to ensure we are prepared when bad weather strikes and how important it is to formulate a plan if you have any sort of advanced warning. Hurricanes are less common in Maryland, but not impossible and the post-tropical depression we had from the ghost of Hurricane Ian is a solid reminder that we should all have supplies on hand for power outages, storms, and any unexpected issues that could arise during hurricane season. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips - after all, preparation is key!
Supplies to have on hand
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Candles and matches
- Battery-powered radio
- Ready-to-eat canned foods, fruits, and vegetables along with a manual can opener
- Water stored in plastic containers (gallon jugs work great!)
- Paper plates, cups, and utensils
- Manual can opener
- First-aid supplies
- A written list of all family members' phone numbers
- A written list of local power, water, and gas company phone numbers and your account numbers
- Keep an up-to-date log (including photos/video) of your possessions and review your
insurance policy coverage annually to ensure full protection in the event of a hurricane or weather event
If you have advanced warning of an impending storm, here are some suggested actions to take.
- Refill prescriptions, fill up your vehicle’s gas tank (and extra gas or propane for the generator), and withdraw a week’s worth of cash.
- Store valuable papers and items in waterproof bags.
- Charge phones
- Cover windows and secure any outdoor items.
- If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. If you plan to stay, plan evacuation routes just in case.
- Designate a post-disaster contact that family members know to call after the hurricane.
During the Hurricane
- Tune into a battery-operated radio or TV and follow instructions.
- Seek shelter in an interior room away from windows, such as a closet.
After the Hurricane
- Stay inside until an “all-clear” is issued. If you were evacuated, don’t return until the area is safe.
- When inspecting your home, wear sturdy shoes and clothing for protection.
- Allow only those trained to turn off damaged utilities and appliances.
- Use only bottled water until tap water is determined safe.
- Contact your insurance agent promptly to report damages.
If you need help after any major disaster, contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let family members know you are safe or where you are located. www.redcross.org/safeandwell