DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Hurricane Matthew is a category 4 monster that is pounding Haiti right now and is on a trajectory to strike Central Florida within the next 48 hours.
With Hurricane Matthew expected to make a westerly turn and affect East Central Florida on Thursday and Friday, Volusia County’s emergency management officials are urging residents to develop a family plan and
take steps to safeguard their homes.
Step 1: Make a family plan
Have a family meeting to talk about the hurricane. Decide where the family will stay during the storm. Together, develop a list of preparation tasks.
Step 2. Stock a disaster supply kit
Your disaster supply kit should include:
● At least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for five to seven days;
● Non-perishable food for three meals per day per person for five to seven days;
● A five- to seven-day supply of special items such as food, formula, diapers and wipes for infants and those with special needs;
● At least a two-week supply of medications;
● Toiletries and extra toilet paper;
● Manual can opener;
● Paper goods such as plates, cups, napkins and utensils;
● Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper;
● Extra bedding such as pillows, blankets and sleeping bags;
● Clothing, including rain gear and sturdy shoes;
● First aid kit, sunscreen and hand sanitizer;
● Mosquito repellent with DEET;
● Flashlight and extra batteries;
● Battery-operated radio;
● Tool kit including cord, rope, hammer, wood nails, saw, hatchet or axe, crowbar, chain saw blades, tarp, duct tape, rake, bucket, mop, broom and heavy work gloves;
● Plastic trash bags and ties;
● Fire extinguisher;
● Matches in a waterproof container;
● Extra charcoal or propane for outdoor cooking;
● Hazard alert radio;
● Extra batteries and car charger for cell phone;
● A canned tire inflator for punctured tires;
Your pet disaster kit should include food, water, bowls, leashes, toys, bedding, carrier, medications, newspaper, cat litter, plastic bags for handling waste, and license and vaccination documentation.
Step 3: Fill your gas tank and get cash
Make sure your gas tank is full and you have extra cash on hand.
Step 4: Take steps to safeguard your home and property
Store lawn furniture and other loose items inside. Double-check tie-down straps and anchors if you live in a mobile/manufactured home. Walk around your home and evaluate the roof, windows, garage doors, patio doors, screen enclosed rooms, landscaping, etc., to see what protective measures you need to take.