Here’s what you should focus on as you begin preparations for Hurricane Dorian as it heads toward Florida. Experts recommend you make these checks before a watch is issued.
▪Begin listening for storm updates or check National Hurricane Center updates online at www.nhc.noaa.gov. Bookmark MiamiHerald.com/storm
▪ Fill the car’s gas tank and keep it topped off. Make sure the battery is in good condition.
▪ Fill propane tanks for gas grills and camp stoves.
▪ Check your battery-powered equipment. A radio could be your only link with the outside world during and after a hurricane.
▪ Review your preparedness plan with your household.
▪ Pick two places for your family to meet: a spot outside your home in case of emergency, such as fire, and a place away from your neighborhood, in case you can’t return home.
▪ Establish an out-of-town phone number with family or friends to relay messages about your whereabouts after the storm.
▪ Refill prescriptions.
▪ Stock canned foods, soft drinks and water.
▪ Collect medical and property insurance papers, immunization records and medical records of anyone with special needs in a rugged, waterproof container. Include a few cherished mementos. If you evacuate to a shelter, take these items with you.
▪ If you are not in an evacuation zone, determine your “safe room’‘ or a room that is away from windows and has walls close together.
▪ Put shutters, window and door protection in place if instructed by local officials.
▪ Do not trim branches or limbs from trees. These could become dangerous missiles if picked up by the wind.
▪ Locate the turnoff valves for electricity, water and gas.
▪ Inspect and secure mobile home tie-downs.