Safety tips and alerts
Matthew is the strongest Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade: warnings and watches for parts of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Florida declared a state of emergency, ordering the National Guard to stand by and preparing for possible evacuations. The officials urged residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew, which may swing by Thursday.
When a storm is approaching, we want to make sure that you are safe. You need to be prepared. Safety is the most important for you, your family, your pets and your house, so please check this list with our safety tips to be ready for a storm.
- Ensure you have an emergency kit with essential supplies you would need for a minimum of 72 hours after a disaster.
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane).
- First-aid kit.
- Back up all computer files on a cloud-based or network storage solution.
- Keep mobile phone batteries charged and have multiple charging devices on-hand. Remember to keep them charged up too.
- Store phones, tablets, batteries and other equipment in dry, accessible locations. Put them and accessories in zip-lock bags.
- Extra batteries: AA, AAA, C and D batteries are recommended.
- Flashlights and a battery powered TV and radio handy in case the power goes out
- Program a list of emergency numbers, including that of your insurance company, into your phone before a storm hits. Keep a paper copy as well in a safe, dry location.
- Extra set of car keys and house keys.
- Pet supplies, including a collar, leash, ID, food, carrier and bowl.
The National Hurricane Center also remembers some tips for strengthening your house: