With Hurricane Dorian threatening to make landfall somewhere in Florida, it is of most importance to be vigilant and ready for any eventuality. Here is a short but concise guideline on how to get prepared.
36 Hours before arrival
It is extremely important to review your emergency plan. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you are taking medication, make sure you will have enough for at least a week of treatment, in case of a direct landfall your doctor or pharmacy may not be available for you to get your meds. The emergency kit should include, First Aid supplies, Flashlights, Batteries and must essential a reasonable amount of cash, your local ATMs may not be readily available due to power outages.
Between 12 & 36 hours before arrival
This time should be wisely used to assess and determine what needs to be cleaned up around the house; for example, do you need to clean up tree branches loose fences or sheds. Taking care of these potential safety hazards would take time to correct, so attacking them with time will be a great ides. Also, you need to bring in outdoor furniture and any other items that could become a safety hazard to you or anyone else. Finally, bookmarking your local government's website is highly recommended as it will give you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
6 to 12 hours before arrival
Keep close attention to your local TV and radio or check your local government's website frequently. You'll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. Make sure your cell phone or other communication devices are fully charged.
6 hours before arrival
At this time you should start installing or closing your storm shutters if possible. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored. Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
During the Storm
Stay away from windows and glass doors, flying debris can break through and broken windows could injure you. Be careful when walking outside, although is recommended to stay indoors if you need to go out, be aware of potentially downed power lines and fallen debris that could injure you.
After the Storm
It is extremely important to follow these commonsense rules after the storm. According to the government's website Ready.gov you should;