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When you hear a hurricane may be coming your way, what do you do?



1. First of all don't panic. Remember most hurricanes travel slow so you will have several days to prepare and plan what you will do. Be careful though because some hurricanes will travel quite fast.

2. Hurricanes can last for a while. (Remember they are slow to arrive but are slow to leave as well.) Stormy weather can be around for several days. You must gather food and water to last several days. Canned food is best. Make note to stock canned food that does not require water or milk to prepare since these two commodities may be in short supply. Also be sure that the canned food has not past its expiry dates and is safe for consumption.
If you have raw meets in your refrigerator, cook them and freeze them. If the power is off for several hours, you can thaw our the meat and consume it since it is fully cooked. Freezing the meat will also help keep the other food cold if the power goes out.

If you do decide to stay and weather the storm, fill you bathtub up with water. the average bathtub can hold up to three days supply of water. You can also use this water along with a pail to flush the toilets when needed. Remember your hot water tank has enough fresh water to last about a month. Humans need about a gallon of water each day to survive. Dogs require about one and a half quarts and cats will require less.

If you have a barbecue, make sure you have enough charcoal or propane to cook meals for several days. Propane cylinders are also a great source of heat and light when the power is off.

Put all the ice you have in plastic bags. Fill your freezer with bags of ice. Freeze water bottles as well. They will help keep your food cold and then they thaw out, you can consume the melted ice for drinking purposes.

3. How to prepare your fridge and freezer. If you have perishable foods in your fridge, eat them first before they spoil. Fill your fridge with bottled water. Fill your freezer as well. When the fridge and freezer is full of food and water, it will keep the fridge and freezer cool for a longer period of time when the electricity goes out. You will be able to keep things cool hopefully until the power does come back on.

4. If you take prescription drugs, or if someone in your family take prescriptions, make sure you have a couple of weeks worth of medication. It may be a couple of weeks before you will be able to get your refills completed. It is better to protect your health than to risk the consequences.

5. Put all of your valuables into clear plastic bags and store them high off the floor. You must decide what are valuables. Family photos and other irreplaceable keepsakes should be stored so they stay dry. You can not replace photos of past events. You want to protect these items from flooding.

6. Stay on top of the news. Keep some spare batteries for a small radio just in case the power goes out for a long period of time. You will want to stay tuned to any weather developments in your area.

7. Finally, you will need to decide whether or not you will evacuate. If you plan to leave, it's best to get out of town before it becomes mandatory, or even recommended. If you do happen to wait until the last minute, an hour will have passed before you get out of your driveway. Plan ahead. When should you evacuate?

- If you live in a mobile home or RV, they are unsafe even in a Category 1 storm - If you live in a high-rise building, winds are stronger at higher altitudes and this will cause the building to sway. - if you live near an area prone to storm surge, check that the house will not flood by storm surge and/or waves. - if you plan to leave, inform your family and friends about your decision. Fort Lauderdale: View from Port Everglades End Unit condo Fort Lauderdale: Early morning on Ft Lauderdale beach Fort Lauderdale: Fort Lauderdale Beach Fort Lauderdale: Lunch on Las Olas Fort Lauderdale: View from Port Everglades End Unit condo