JACKSONVILLE, Florida – As Tropical Storm Henri brings winds and rain to the northeast, the American Red Cross to northeast Florida is advising residents to maintain a storm contingency plan during hurricane season.
“Make sure you have identified your safe, make sure you have your supplies and resources,” said Christian Smith of the Red Cross.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30. Storms can be unpredictable, which is why the Red Cross recommends always having an emergency plan on hand.
“We know that all it will take is a bigger storm or even a smaller storm that will impact families,” Smith said.
The Red Cross recommends keeping a survival kit.
Here is what you need:
Water – 0 gallons per person, per day (three day supply for drain, two week supply for home)
Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three day supply for evacuation, two week supply for home)
Battery-operated or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio, if possible)
“Spend that time now building this kit and making the plan so that when the storm approaches, you’ll be better off in this situation,” Smith added.
In an emergency where you have to evacuate your home, the Red Cross can provide you with shelter and assistance.
The Red Cross has opened shelters for people across the North East because of Henri. The Jacksonville branch is monitoring the storm and has a list of volunteers ready to deploy if necessary.
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