Palm Beach County, Are You Ready for Hurricane Irma?


Palm Beach County, Are You Ready for Hurricane Irma?

Hurricane Irma is now expected to be a Category 5. If Irma strikes the U.S., it could happen as soon as Friday.

PBSO will like Palm Beach County to be ready with these basic preparedness tips:

•Know where to go if your family is ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation routes or have a plan for where else your family can go.
•Put together a ready-to-go bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information.
•If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay home, make sure to have adequate supplies for several days in case you lose power and water and are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
•Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
•Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

We put a list together of things you can assemble before Friday:
  • Perishable foods
  • Dry and canned pet food
  • Water (1 Gallon per person, per day for 2 weeks)
  • Over-the-counter medicine (Colds, Allergies, etc.)
  • Flashlights and extra bulbs
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches
  • Scissors
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Clean clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots
  • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns.
  • Don’t use candles and kerosene lanterns. They are fire hazards.
  • Map of the area
  • List of phone numbers
  • Copy of insurance policy

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