“He clothes his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.” Job 36:32
With Hurricane Idalia gaining momentum and expected to hit our area, now is the time for crucial preparation. Based on the current forecasts, line techs, and tree crews are working tirelessly to minimize any impacts to our regions. We can’t stress enough the importance of individual preparation as well. The storm is predicted to intensify, especially as it passes through the record-warm waters of the Gulf. So here are the top 5 steps you should take to safeguard your home and loved ones.
An evacuation plan is not just a route on a map; it’s a lifeline during a crisis. Visit FloridaDisaster.org for all the information you need about your county’s emergency plans, warning signals, and evacuation routes. Take the time to share and discuss this plan with every member of your family. Ensure even the youngest ones know where to go and what to do.
It’s crucial to have an emergency kit ready for each family member. This kit should include water, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies, batteries, and a flashlight at a minimum. Remember essential medicines, baby supplies if needed, and comfort items like blankets.
Line techs and tree crews are working around the clock to prepare the community for Hurricane Idalia. However, you should also do your part. This means securing all outdoor furniture, boarding up windows, sealing any gaps or leaks in your home, and moving valuable and essential items to higher floors to protect them from potential flooding.
Knowledge is power, especially when facing a hurricane. It is vital to have multiple ways to receive updates on the situation.
A common issue during hurricanes is the shortage of fuel. Ensure you fill up your gas tanks and have extra fuel for generators. Stock up on other essential supplies like medicines, baby items, and pet food.
Before a hurricane, having cash and important documents ready is important. Power outages can make ATMs and card machines useless, so keep some cash on hand for essentials. Gather important papers like birth certificates and medical records in a waterproof bag. Ensure everyone knows where to find them if you need to leave quickly. Preparing with these items can make a tough situation easier.
Before a hurricane, informing family, friends, and neighbors about your plans is crucial. Communication within the community helps everyone prepare and stay safe. Share evacuation routes, emergency contacts, and the locations of safe shelters. Keeping each other informed increases your community’s chances of weathering the storm safely.