Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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  • Know the (Civil Defense) warning signals and where shelters are located
  • Place important documents such as insurance papers in waterproof bags or containers
  • Fill up the gas tank of your car
  • Keep cash or travelers checks on hand

Outside the home

  • Tie down or store all loose objects
  • Bring potted plants into the house
  • Fill up the gas tank of your car
  • Remove and store lanai furniture
  • Throw deck furniture into the pool
  • Cover all windows and door openings with boards, shutters or other shielding materials
  • For cooking, purchase butane, propane or a canned heat stove and enough fuel for 3-5 days, or a charcoal grill and charcoal. Do not use these units indoors
  • Properly secure propane tanks in a cool, dry and well-ventilated storage area
  • If you have photovoltaic panels installed on your roof, consult your licensed solar contractor regarding normal and emergency operation procedures for your system

Inside the home

  • Check emergency equipment — such as flashlights, emergency generators, battery-operated, hand-crank, or solar-powered radios, light sticks and lanterns
  • Unplug electric appliances you may not need or use
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods, medications, personal hygiene, sanitary and baby supplies to last up to 14 days
  • Purchase bottled water or store enough for one gallon per person per day, for about 5-7 days
  • Keep a first aid kit and special medications
  • Pack a manual can opener and bottle opener
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting; in the event of a power outage, food will keep fresh longer
  • Stock an ice chest with ice or frozen ice packs
  • Wedge a dowel or a piece of broom handle into the track of sliding glass doors to secure them
  • Store matches or a lighter in a waterproof container. Keep a whistle to signal for help
  • If you own a pet, have extra pet food and water

Special considerations

Medical patients

  • Home health care patients should discuss emergency plans with your physician or agency representative beforehand and make appropriate arrangements
  • If necessary, make prior arrangements with a hospital to stay there if you must evacuate
  • If you must go to a hospital or emergency facility, be sure to take your medicines and medical equipment/supplies with you

Condominium managers

Place fire exit signs and escape route maps in the hallways of each floor