Hurricane Preparedness Tips from
The Darien Police Department
A hurricane is nothing to be treated lightly. Torrential rain, cutting winds, and surges that can tear down the strongest of buildings require preparation. Review the following hurricane safety tips checklist and be prepared.
What to Do when a Hurricane Warning is Issued by the National Weather Service
1) Get a hold of family members to determine their whereabouts and enact your safety plan.
2) Gather animals in a safe place.
3) Fill your gas tank to ensure you can evacuate the area if necessary.
4) Follow the directions of local authorities and listen to local weather reports.
5) Don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. If you wait, exit routes may be at a standstill or completely closed.
6) Move forward with securing your home, closing shutters and covering windows.
7) Ensure everything that can be blown around and cause harm is tied down securely.
What to Do when the Storm Arrives
1) If you are not evacuating, find a secure, safe shelter. Never stay in a mobile home, trailer, high rise, or your car.
2) Stay away from any windows. Find an interior room in which you have access to emergency supplies.
3) Don’t use electronic devices.
4) Don’t light candles. Ensure you have several flashlights with plenty of extra batteries on hand.
5) Have your portable radio on so you can monitor the weather and follow any instructions of local authorities.
6) Don’t leave your secure area too soon. The storm may appear to have calmed but you may simply be in the eye.
7) Always wait for the all-clear signal from local authorities.
What to Do after the Storm Has Passed
1) Make sure local authorities have issued the all-clear signal and that the storm has completely passed.
2) Check for power lines that have been damaged or are down and keep away from them.
3) Drink bottled water until you can ensure the drinking water is safe.
4) Keep calm and remain patient. Take some time to ensure everything is safe.
5) Check on neighbors and family members and perform first aid or contact medical authorities for assistance.
6) Replenish any supplies used and ensure you are prepared for the next storm.
Basic Disaster Supply Kit
Supply of Drinking Water
· A minimum of one gallon of water per person per day.
· Buy bottled water or store tap water in washed plastic, fiberglass or enamel-lined metal containers. Sanitize containers with a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water before using.
· If your tap water is commercially treated, you can use it as-is. For well water or untreated public water, follow treatment instructions provided by your public health service.
· Seal the water containers tightly and label them with the date. Store in a cool, dark place. Refresh your water supply every six months.
· If you're on a private well in an area prone to electrical outages, you might want to store larger amounts of water to flush stools and for general cleanup. The bakery departments of grocery stores receive pre-made frosting in covered buckets and will often give you those buckets free. Cat litter and other products come in suitable 2-3 gallon covered buckets. Look around to see what you can find.
Choosing Food Supplies
Use a permanent marker to date foods and replace items every six months. Pack foods in watertight bags or sturdy plastic containers.
· Canned foods are a good choice. Buy ready-to-eat meats, fruits, and vegetables.
· Buy canned or boxed juices, milk, soup, and powdered milk.
· Peanut butter is a good source of protein.
· Crackers, granola bars, cereals, trail mix.
· Instant coffee and tea.
· Sugar, salt, pepper, other spices.
· Don't forget a manual can opener!
Your First Aid Supplies
· First aid manual, scissors, sterile bandages, gauze pads, cotton balls, safety pins, latex gloves.
· Antibiotic ointment, cleansing agents such as isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, germicidal soaps, moistened towelettes.
· Needles, tweezers, scissors, thermometer.
· Aspirin, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids, syrup of ipecac (to induce vomiting), vitamins.
· Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you wish to store your regular prescription medications.
Essential Tools and Emergency Supplies
· Battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries, a NOAA weather radio.
· Flashlight and extra batteries
· Matches in a waterproof container.
· Shutoff wrench, pliers, shovel and other tools.
· Duct tape, scissors, plastic sheeting.
· Fire extinguisher.
· Paper, pens, pencils.
· Needles and thread.
· Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils. Plastic trash bags.
· Hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, towelettes, soap. Toilet paper, paper towels.
· Chlorine bleach and other disinfectant cleaners.
· Household documents, contact numbers.
· Copies of important documents. Cash or traveler's checks.
· Blankets, bedding, sleeping bags.
· Comfortable clothes and shoes.
· Supplies for babies and the elderly.
· Supplies for your pets.
· Things to do: books, games, toys.
Remember that a hurricane is an extremely destructive force that should not be taken lightly. Always make sure you are well prepared in advance of the storm. Listen to, and follow, the advice and instructions of your local emergency personnel. Don’t put your life or the lives of your family at risk. Take the time to discuss emergency plans with your family and increase your chances of surviving a deadly hurricane unharmed.