Hurricane Dorian is fast approaching the east coast of Florida and is expected to make landfall over this Labor Day weekend. At Cohen & Cohen, our main concern is your safety.
It is important to be proactive and prepare yourself and your family ahead of time before Hurricane Dorian comes close to our shores. Here are some helpful tips as you begin to prepare and ready yourself and your home for the hurricane.'
Helpful Tips to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian:
- Fill up all cars with a full tank of gas sooner than later. Gas lines start to get really long really quickly, and most gas stations run out of gas the closer the storm comes.
- Make sure you have enough water. It is recommended that you have at least one gallon of water per day per family member.
- Have at least three days’ worth of non-perishable food for each member of your family.
- Ensure that you have enough of your medications and anything you would need to tend to any known or unexpected medical conditions.
- Continue you following your news source so that you are up to date on the latest track and evacuation areas.
- Familiarize yourself with where the closest emergency shelter is to your home.
- Have a plan for your furry friends. Most hotels and shelters do not accommodate pets during the hurricane. If you are planning on going to a shelter or hotel and have a pet, call ahead to ensure you can bring them with you.
- Stock up on emergency supplies (batteries, flashlights, matches, candles, battery-operated radio, battery-operated phone charger).
- Protect your home by putting up shutters or plywood.
- Protect your house and outdoor objects by bringing any lightweight objects indoors (and anchoring down any outdoor objects too heavy to move indoors).
- Protect any important documents by placing them in a waterproof bag and keeping them close to you.
- Have an evacuation plan in place should you choose to evacuate.
- Create a “go bag” for each family member with warm clothes, hygiene products, and any medications. If you make the decision to evacuate, you’ll be better prepared to leave immediately.
- Have a plan in place for you and your loved ones to be able to communicate after the storm.
This is not an exhaustive list of things you can do to prepare yourself for Hurricane Dorian and more information can be found on government websites, such as the National Hurricane Center, FEMA, and the Center for Disease Control.
FEMA has also put together a How to Prepare for a Hurricane pamphlet to assist you in preparing for a hurricane and what you should know for before, during and after the hurricane.
From the team at The Law Firm of Cohen & Cohen, we hope this helps you and your loved ones prepare.
Please stay safe this weekend.