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Hurricane Preparedness

Pharmacists Mutual wants to remind everyone to be vigilant regarding predicted storms, their path and intensity. We want to remind members that storm surge is flooding and not covered unless specific flood coverage/policy is in place.  Please take action to protect your property from flooding.

Hurricane season begins June 1st (May 15th in the Pacific Ocean) and will not officially end until November 30th.  September is the most active month for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Here is a checklist of ways to prepare:

  • Listen to local media, weather radio, or the Weather Channel to keep updated on storm events
  • Bring outdoor items that can be picked up by the wind (outdoor furniture, bicycles, and flower pots) inside
  • Close all windows, and board them up if possible
  • Obtain a supply of cash
  • Charge cell phone ahead of time and have chargers available (many hand crank radios can power USB powered items)
  • Have a three-day supply of food (non-perishable items, easy to prepare) and water (one gallon per day per person, don’t forget pets and infants) Get extra water for toilet flushing, food preparation, and to clean up.  Consider filling your bathtub in case your water supply is disrupted
  • Gather a seven day supply of medications (gather all supplies, syringes, cane/walker) and refill prescription medications if you do not have enough to last through potential power and supply disruptions. Have on hand some non-prescription medication (aspirin, laxatives, stomach medication)
  • Get important documents including insurance policies to have with you
  • Create an evacuation plan and be sure to listen to authorities regarding evacuations. Contact family outside the affected area and let them know what your plans are
  • Move expensive and irreplaceable items away from danger or at least to the highest level available that you believe can withstand the expected wind
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting (except for those protecting stock that must be maintained within strict range) in case you lose power
  • Unplug all unused appliances
  • Fill your car's gas tank
  • Prepare an emergency kit including:
    • Flashlight & extra batteries
    • Battery powered or hand crank radio
    • Rain gear
    • First aid kit
    • Multi-purpose tool
    • Extra pet and/or baby supplies
    • Extra clothing
    • Insect repellent & sunscreen
    • Camera
  • Refer to RedCross.org/Safe and Well or call 1-866-GETINFO for additional tips

Helpful links:

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Weather Radio online:  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/
National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/
Red Cross:  http://www.redcross.org/
Preparation Information:  https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

In the event your property suffers wind damage, contact Pharmacists Mutual at 800.247.5930.

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