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Storm Preparation - Family

Have each member of the family pack an overnight bag in case you have to evacuate at the last minute - or in case your home is damaged during the storm and you have to leave afterwards. If you ride it out safely then you just unpack - much better than having to leave without your necessities!

Stack all your bags together in readiness to throw them in the car and go. If they are all together you can see how big a pile it makes (and if it will all fit in the car) and it ensures that in the excitement of evacuation nothing is left behind.

You may even want to pack the car ahead of the storm while the family is calm and it isn't raining and blowing.

Involve the children in storm preparations

The scariest thing about any potential danger is feeling helpless. Teach your children what is happening and how to prepare so they don't feel so helpless and frightened. Here is an excellent website by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with games and information especially for the kids.

Develop an emergency communication plan - In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.

Have an out-of-state relative or friend serve as the "family contact." - After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

Have cash on hand - If the power goes out the ATM machines will not be working and the banks will not be open.

Medication and First Aid - Make sure each member of your family has any medication they need. When you know that a hurricane is on the way, check prescriptions to make sure you have enough to last throughout a potential emergency. Also have a First Aid kit handy with things like:

Asprin/Tylenol Band-Aids Hydrogen Peroxide
Ibuprofen/Alieve Bandages Antibacterial ointment
Sinus tablets Adhesive tape Q-tips

Toiletries - Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, contact lens solutions, etc. (If you are packing an evacuation kit, pick up sample sizes of these items to save room.) Also pack your spare eyeglasses, diapers, sanitary supplies and a roll of toilet paper. Toilet paper doesn't seem important until you don't have any.

Clothes - Pack 2 changes of clothes - sturdy, comfortable clothes like jeans and t-shirts and sneakers - and pajamas, socks, and underwear.

Bedding - If you are going to an emergency shelter there may very well be a shortage of blankets and pillows. To save room and to comfort a small child, encourage them to use a favorite stuffed animal as their pillow. Sleeping bags are very handy.

Even if you are riding it out you may want to move the family into an inner hallway or the bathroom for additional protection.

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