It's that time of year again and my motto... BE PREPARED!
Every year I am well prepared; all while praying a hurricane does not come, and if it does, there is little or no damage.
There is an upside to this time of year... Quality Family Time!
- Work on the preparations together
- Turn off electronics - spend face-to-face time together
- Gather: deck of cards, favorite board games, good books, food and favorite snacks
I am sharing three  checklists with you; to review for your specific preparation needs.
The Family Plan
Preparation to keep your family, home, and property protected...
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
The Pet Plan
Preparing your pets for emergencies. Here are a couple ideas to plan for your pet:
- ID your pet - make sure your pet's tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar.
- Have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes
- Have a list of pet emergency supplies on hand
Here's some tips to protect your pet during a disaster:
- Bring your pets inside immediately... this will stop them from running away (never leave them chained outside)
- Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes
- Feed animals moist canned food so they will need less water to drink
- Separate dogs and cats, even if they normally get along. The anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Also, keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
- If you have to evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. You may not be able to find them when you return.
- Note about public shelter, it's important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets - like friends or kennels
FEMA's checklist is quite thorough. . . https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2011/12/01/disaster-plan-your-pets
The Business Plan
Your company may already have a plan or you may need to develop one... either way, FPL has prepared this business storm guide; review it for possible modifications to your current plan or use in developing your new one.