Aging & Disability Resource Center of Broward County
Preparing for a Storm
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mental illness, ages 18 and over, their families, and caregivers.
Develop a Plan Before Hurricane Season
Develop a Family Plan (including pets) for surviving a hurricane.
Hurricanes are a part of living in South Florida. Don't wish for hurricanes not to happen. Prepare for them because they WILL
Things you should consider when making your plan:
Is Your Home in an evacuation zone?
What Is the Durability of the type of structure you live in?
Is Anyone In Your Household dependent on life support systems, or any medical device which requires electricity?
Do You Own Any Special Vehicles (e.g., boat, RV, motorcycles, etc.) that need to be protected not only from damage,
but also from causing damage to their surroundings?
Identify a Friend or Family Member (outside the area) that when a hurricane hits you will keep informed about how you
are doing. Instruct other friends and family members to get information about your status from this designated person. During and after a
storm the opportunity to access communication devices is likely to be infrequent and undependable, so it will be important to get the most
out of any opportunity to communicate outside of your area that you can.
Obtain Your Hurricane Supplies Before the Hurricane Season! Don't wait until a storm is in the Atlantic, working it's way
towards your area!
First Aid Kit
2 Week Supply of Medication
1 Gallon of Water per Person per Day
Personal Hygiene Items
Soap, Liquid Detergent
Diapers and Baby Food
Ready to Eat Canned Foods
Unscented Household Bleach
High energy foods
Stress Foods (candy, gum)
Manual Can Opener
Paper Plates and Disposable Utensils
Change of Clothes
Cash or Travelers Checks
Preparations for Your Home
Again, Make These Preparations Before the Hurricane Season! Don't wait until a storm is in the Atlantic, working it's way
towards your area!
Obtain the Necessary Materials to protect your windows and doors. Don't forget the garage doors. Shutters are a
Check Your Roof and the structure of your house. Make necessary repairs.
Trim Trees and Branches, cutting back all trees and branches that could contact buildings.
Remove Any Yard Debris, cleaning your yard of any items that could become missles in a storm such as old lumber,
furniture, etc. and place curbside on your bulk waste collections day.
Clear Clogged Rain Gutters and Downspouts.
Check Your Fire Extinguishers.
Photograph Your Possessions. Maintain a possession portfolio complete with pictures and receipts for your valuable
Preparations for Your Pets
Taking Care of Your Pet should receive careful consideration when making your Hurricane Plan.
If You Plan to Evacuate, determine whether you will board or take it with you (service animals are the ONLY pets
allowed at Red Cross shelters).
Obtain the Following Information: Call your humane society to ask if there is an animal shelter in your area; prepare
a list of kennels and veterinarians who could shelter pets in an emergency; and keep a list of "pet friendly" motels outside your
Include Pet Food, water and any medication in your Hurricane Plan.
Vaccinate Your Pets by mid-May, and consider spaying or neutering.
Obtain a Portable Pet Carrier. Exotic pets need special containers (not glass!) so they cannot escape. If you're
weathering the storm at home with your pets, keep them in the carrier during the storm and away from any exposed windows.
Identify Your Pet by current license and rabies tag and/or microchipping, tattooing, or freeze branding.
Store Photos of Your Pet with your important papers.
If You Are Going to Shelter Your Pet, contact boarding facilities early to reserve a space for your pet.
Space is Limited, and standard boarding fees apply.
Animals Must be Vaccinated (proof required).
Pets Must Wear an ID collar and a leash.
Bring Pet Food, bottled water, and any medications (enough for three days).
After the Storm, use caution when encountering any pets or other animals outdoors, and if your pet is lost or if you find
someone else's pet, contact veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, the Humane Society, and Animal Control. Animal Control may be forced to
destroy some strays after a devasting storm.