Keep These Items in Your Home During Hurricane Season

October 13, 2020

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As if there wasn’t enough going on in the world lately, we are in the thick of hurricane season .

Hurricane preparedness should be top of everyone’s mind around the end of summer, especially those living along the coast in New Jersey and other eastern states.

Here are a few things you should consider keeping in your home in the event of a hurricane:

Having a properly stocked emergency kit on hand is the first piece of gear you should always have at the ready in your home. This kit will include water, food and emergency supplies like flashlights and a battery-powered radio.

There are several resources from the federal, state and your local governments on what items to include in your kit.

If you currently have a medical condition you’re treating with medication or need daily medical supplies, make sure you have enough on hand for at least a week or two. If you wear contacts or glasses, having an extra set is important. Talk to your doctor in advance if you need prescription medication.

It’s important to have a plan with your family members for what to do in the event of an emergency. Be sure to write down all important health information like medical history, prescription schedule and your doctors and specialists’ contact numbers.

In the event that you need to evacuate, you should have masks, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant wipes on hand. Put an extra set of these for your whole family in your emergency kit as well.

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