It’s Hurricane Season, Be Prepared Last year was a quiet after the devastation of Hurricanes Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012. Hurricane season 2014 has begun; hopefully we are not lulled into a sense of security. As we well know hurricanes can cause storm surges, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds and rip currents. Are you ready to evacuate or shelter in place for days without power or access to food and water? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gives us three steps to get prepared. Step 1: Put together a kit of emergency supplies. You may want to make one kit to shelter in place and another “Grab and Go” kit to use in an evacuation. The kit should include a three day supply of the following in a clean garbage can or backpack: Water, one gallon per person per day Non-perishable food and a can opener Medications, at least a 7 day supply of prescriptions Radio, hand crank or battery powered and extra batteries Flashlight and batteries Step 2: Make a Plan for Emergency First aid kit, fire extinguisher Whistle to call for help Dust mask, plastic sheeting, duct tape Garbage bags Personal care items Wrench to turn off utilities Supplies for Pets Who can help in an emergency, know your neighbors Identify an out of town contact for family members to check in What are the options for an evacuation route? Where will family members meet? Keep your important documents in one place to easily take with you. Step 3: Be Informed Know what kind of emergencies may affect your area. How will you keep informed? Radio station, TV For a more complete list of ways to prepare for a hurricane or other natural disaster go to www.ready.gov or call Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley at 860-767-0186 for a helpful guide.