What should I do?
- Make sure you have Renter’s Insurance!!! Be sure you have your policy numbers and claims dept. phone number handy. Remember…the apartment community’s insurance covers our buildings…not your belongings.
- Listen to a NOAAWeather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Check your disaster supplies and restock as needed.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (lawn furniture on balconies, etc.)
- Close & lock windows and doors.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan.
- Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
- Fill your bathtub up with water so you can flush bathroom toilets.
- Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
What supplies do I need?
- Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day.
- Food—3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit.
- Multi-purpose tool.
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
- Cell phone with chargers.
- Family and emergency contact information.
- Extra cash.
- Emergency blanket.
- Map(s) of the area.
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, diapers).
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier).
- 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.
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAAWeather Radio, if possible).
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids w/extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane).
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, lease to residence, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
What do I do after a hurricane?
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
FEMA : 800-621-3362
Red Cross: 866-438-4636