I am sure most of Bermuda has their list and Hurricane routine they go through to prepare for a hurricane but one more list (or group of lists) cannot hurt! Here are a few hurricane lists I found that I thought I would share. Oh….and maybe do your best to have these items days before a hurricane….and check them periodically (flashlights, flash light bulbs, batteries, etc…at least every 6 months.)
I have also listed emergency telephone numbers at the end of this post. Maybe keep these in paper form or add to your cellphone address book.
If you have some great ideas for Hurricane Planning and Preparation…please post a comment below!
A few items that should be a NO BRAINER to all of us in Bermuda
- Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle
- Fill your tub(s) with water (most important to flush toilets, wash hands and face….if power and pumps are down)
- Charge everything as the Hurricane approaches, cell phones, iPads, etc. When you are not using it, have it on a charger. Believe me…you will need it. If you don’t have one, a Mophie or external Cell battery is great, you should get one. Also, remember…you should also have a charger for your car as the vehicle becomes you second source of power.
- Have plenty of cash handy
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. How vulnerable is your home to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Designate 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. Learn the location of the closest official shelters
- Establish escape routes from your home and places to meet.
- Have a single point of contact for all your family members.
- 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 policies for wind, flood and rain coverages.
- Stock non-perishable Foods and an Emergency Kit. (See below lists)
- Have an FM radio tuned to 100.1 mHz. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Make sure everyone knows the location of electrical, water and gas shut-offs as well as how and when to shut them off.
- Practice your family plan to ensure it works
- Take First Aid and CPR classes
Emergency Supply Kit
- Flashlights, extra bulbs & batteries
- Battery-operated FM radio & batteries
- Battery-operated lanterns, extra bulbs & batteries or propane lantern
- First Aid Kit
- Candles & Matches
- Ice Chest
- Sterno, Propane or similar cooking unit (if you have a gas range, remember the matches)
- Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
- Plastic garbage bags
- Working fire extinguishers or bucket of sand
- Manual can opener
- Waterproof containers for important paperwork
- Toilet paper
- An inexpensive rabbit-ears television antenna to use if cable goes out
- List of emergency phone numbers
- Diapers, baby wipes,
- Pet supplies, food, water, kitty litter, medications
- Bottled water (one gallon per day per person)
- Shelf-package juice and milk boxes
- Canned and powdered milk (you’ll need extra water)
- Beverages (powdered or canned, fruit juices, instant coffee, tea)
- Prepared foods (canned soups, beef, spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham, corned beef hash, fruit cocktail, packaged pudding)
- Canned vegetables and fruits
- Dried fruits
- Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard candy, nuts)
- Snack spreads (peanut butter, cheese spreads, jelly)
- Raw vegetables
- Sugar, salt, pepper
- Dry and canned pet food
- Extra formula, baby food
First Aid Kit
- Gauze 2″ x 2″, Triangle Bandage, Elastic Bandage 4″, Elastic Bandage 2″
- Vaseline, Savlon Cream, Hydrogen Peroxide, Dermoplast / Bactine
- Tweezers, Instant Cold Pack, Ipecac Syrup, Eye Wash / Drops
- Eye Pads 2″, Band Aids, Dressing, Strip, Aspirin or ibuprofen
- Absorbent Cotton, Scissors, Disposable Gloves, Adhesive Tape,
- First Aid book”, Smelling Salts, “Q” Tips, Thermometer, Swabs,
- Absorbent Lint, Mercurochrome, Air Way Tube, Alcohol, Iodine
- Small Trash bags, Safety Pins, Mosquito repellant
- Hand tools – hammer, screwdrivers, saw
- 4 x 8 foot sheets of plywood 5/8″ to 1/2″. Ask for exterior plywood.
- Plastic sheeting and Canvas tarps
- Rope, Screws, Nails.
- Duct tape to water proofing items. Masking tape isn’t strong enough
- Sturdy working gloves
- Police, Fire, Ambulance, Marine rescue: 911
- EMO: 295-0011
- Bermuda Maritime Organization: 297-1010
- Works & Engineering: 295-5151
- Belco for electrical power outages: 955
- BTC for telephone repairs: 295-1001 or 611
- Bermuda Weather: 977