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Ponte las pilas - Hurricane preparation guide

Icon Make a planMake a plan

  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers in your phone and write them down.
  • Keep the list in a waterproof bag somewhere safe.
  • Have an emergency supply kit.
  • If you’re in an evacuation zone, do not stay. Go to a family or friend’s home outside of the evacuation zone. If this is not possible, take refuge in a designated shelter.
  • Do not leave your pet behind. Learn which shelters and hotels are pet-friendly or speak to your vet about where you can safely board them.
  • Sign up for local weather alerts.

Icon Emergency SuppliesEmergency Supplies

  • In the days and weeks after a storm, you may not have power or water, and you may not be able to get to a store. Have these supplies on hand:
  • Water – one gallon of drinking water per person, per day, for at least 3 days
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Canned foods
  • Prescriptions
  • Baby items such as formula, diapers, wipes, and medications
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Propane for BBQ grill
  • Lighter (or matches in a waterproof bag)
  • Cash (ATMs and credit cards may not be working)
  • Power source or power bank, fully charged
  • Fill up your vehicle with gas

Packing for a shelterPacking for a shelter

  • Space and privacy are very limited at shelters and only basic necessities are supplied. Below is a list of what you’ll need:
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Childcare items such as formula, diapers, wipes, toys, etc.
  • Toothbrush/paste and other personal hygiene items
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Drinking water
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Extra clothes
  • Power banks, fully charged
  • Charging cords
  • Earbuds
  • Special items for elderly or disabled family members

Hurricane by the hourHurricane by the hour

  • 18-36 hours before the storm

  • Clear your yard of possible projectiles (patio furniture, garbage cans)
  • Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building
  • Put up shutters or board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood
  • Take photos of your home, both inside and outside
  • Fill clean water containers with drinking water
  • Fill up sinks and bathtubs with water for washing
  • Get cash
  • Fill up your vehicle with gas
  • 6 hours before the storm

  • Let family know where you are (home, shelter, out of town)
  • Close storm shutters
  • Turn your refrigerator/freezer to the coldest setting
  • Be sure electronics are charged
  • During the storm

  • Never use a generator indoors
  • Stay in an interior, windowless room on the lowest floor
  • Do not climb into the attic, you may get trapped by rising water
  • Do not go outside, even if it looks calm. Wait for authorities to say it’s ok
  • After the storm

  • Use flashlights instead of candles whenever possible
  • Never use a generator, gas grill or camp stove inside your home or garage
  • Keep gas and coal-powered equipment outside and at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent
  • Drink safe water (bottled or boiled, if you have electricity)

Hurricane Preparedness