Prepare for Hurricane Season

As hard as it is to believe, June 1st marked the beginning of yet another hurricane season, and we've got to make sure we're prepared.


Hurricane Preparedness 2

Rep. Wasserman Schultz joined Reps. Ros-Lehtinen,
Meek, Klein and Deutch to discuss the roles that federal and
local officials have before, during and after a hurricane.


Some of you may remember how bad Hurricane Wilma was in 2005, and we must do all we can to help our friends and neighbors be prepared for any storm that could come our way so we don't have thousands of people without power and in temporary shelters.

Working on behalf of South Floridians, I held a hurricane preparedness symposium with federal, state, and local government officials as well as local business and community leaders. Through this open dialogue I sought to provide a forum where key disaster planning and response officials could sit down, face-to-face to discuss what they’ve learned and what they need.

Each household and business should devise a plan of action in preparation for this year’s hurricane season. Issues such as where to go and how to evacuate should be made in advance.

To help you with your plan of action I have provided a list of important telephone numbers and a hurricane preparedness checklist to help you and your family plan and prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact my district offices at: 954-437-3936 or 305-936-5724

Thank You

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist:
  • Cash or travelers checks
  • Fill up your car’s gas tank
  • Emergency contact phone numbers
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Clean containers to store drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day
  • 3-day supply of food (canned and dried goods are best)
  • Manual can opener
  • Hand tools: hammer, nails, ax, knife, pliers, handsaw, screwdrivers
  • Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for window protection
  • Unscented household bleach to purify water, 8 drops per gallon of water
  • Soap and plastic container
  • At least one flashlight per person with spare batteries
  • Spare batteries for other needs
  • Battery-operated radio, with weather band
  • First-aid kit: bandages, gauze, scissors,petroleum jelly, antiseptic spray, hydrogen peroxide, antacids, aspirin, thermometer, rubbing alcohol
  • Extra prescription medicine
  • Copies of important documents
  • Matches (wooden ones are best)
  • Disposable eating utensils and plates
  • Hygiene and personal care items
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Whistle or air horn
  • Disinfectant
  • Gas grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel (Do not take gas grills indoors)
  • Large trash bags
  • Rope or heavy cord, 100 feet
  • Tarpaulin, canvas or anything to make a temporary roof repair

Click here to download a printable version of this page

For police, fire or medical assistance during an emergency, please dial 911.


American Red Cross
(954) 763-9900

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