Tracking the Tropics
Tips to prepare for hurricanes
WSVN -- We hear it every year, but many people don't get serious until a storm is looming. We don't know what this storm is going to do, so the time is now.
If a storm hits, you don't want to spend the hours afterward stuck in a line waiting for water and ice.
Broward Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Chuck Lanza: "We want people in the community to take care of themselves for at least three days."
What every family should have on hand: water.
Chuck Lanza: "The rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day, for a minimum amount of water for three days."
You can freeze water in smaller bottles to keep the refrigerator cool if power goes out.
Next up: Food.
Canned soups, vegetables, fruits and canned meats are all good choices and have a can-opener available too.
Don't forget the baby food, formula, diapers and snacks, too. Prepackaged milk is a good idea. Charcoal is important too if you plan to cook outside.
Lowe's Jorge Gonzalez: "Get equipped with batteries, the most important thing is batteries."
You'll need a good supply of AA, AAA, C and D batteries to power flashlights, lanterns and fans.
Now is the time to pick up the plywood if you plan to cover your windows.
A waterproof First Aid box is a good idea. Band-Aids to Ace wraps and ice packs and, most importantly, stock up on prescription medications in case the stores are closed.
And finally, don't forget about those other members of the family. Stock up on food, water and medications.
Both Miami-Dade and Broward counties have pet-friendly shelters, but you have to pre-register. For both pets and people, the key to riding out a storm successfully is just a little bit of planning.
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