Yulee, Fla. – An approaching hurricane can often leave people in a last minute frenzy to prepare for the storm. The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office works year round with our local, state and federal partners to ensure the effectiveness of our emergency response during a hurricane. “Just as we at NCSO plan for unexpected weather emergencies, so should you” said Sheriff Bill Leeper. “As we enter hurricane season, I strongly encourage you to be proactive. Create a disaster supply kit and have an emergency plan in place for you and your family” Leeper added.
When preparing your disaster supply kit, the rule of thumb is “hope for three, plan for seven.” Ask yourself what you would need if you couldn’t get to a grocery store, pharmacy, bank or gas station for several days. Some items to include are:
- one gallon of water per person per day
- non-perishable food items
- a can opener
- specialty food items for infants, elderly or pets
- blankets and pillows
- rain gear
- comfortable, sturdy shoes
- a seven-day supply of medicines or prescription drugs
- first aid items
- flashlights and an ample supply of batteries
- a battery-operated radio
- a fully-charged cell phone
- cash and credit cards
- a full tank of gas
- a waterproof container filled with important documents.
When securing your home, here are some important safety reminders:
- Protect windows and glass doors with hurricane shutters.
- If you use plywood, make sure all pieces are properly fastened.
- Bring in all patio furniture, outdoor plants and decorations so they don’t become airborne debris.
Remember Animals in Hurricane Preparations
Residents should plan for their pets, including large animals such as horses, in hurricane plans and preparations.
Dog and cat owners should prepare a pet survival kit in a waterproof container that includes enough food, water and kitty litter (for a cat) for at least two weeks.
Owners of large animals in particular should make plans prior to the announcement of a storm. Teach horses to load into a trailer well before it is necessary to do so. Store enough food, water and hay for at least two weeks and outfit the horse with a leather or breakaway halter with the owner’s name, address and phone number. Plastic livestock identification bands can also be obtained.
“While you can always count on the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office during times of emergency, there is plenty you can do to ensure your families, pets and homes are ready for hurricane season. Don’t wait for a storm to threaten” said Leeper.
Be safe this hurricane season!