Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and ends the last day of November.
It is vitally important for you to inform your family as to your plan(s) whether you will be staying here at Huntington Pointe or going to a shelter or planning to go to stay at one of your loved ones home. You should have an out of State Emergency contact person so that everyone can call that person so that you can save on your cell phone battery life. That person can notify everyone else that you are fine after the storm.
It is recommended that you get at least 1 gallon of water per person for minimum of seven days. Just like everything else bottle water does expire after 6 months. You should also have all your medications marked and labeled. You should also have an emergency first aid kit and non-perishable food items.
If you are on any kind of oxygen or C-Pack unit please know that we will not have the capability to help you if the power goes out! You must plan to go to a shelter that is equipped to be able to help you in case of a power outage or to your family where the storm is not predicted to hit.
There are many more things you should do but I don’t have the space for the article to put everything. I will try and put those small brochures at the reception area in the beginning of May as I did last year which will give you a list of items to get.
Palm Beach County Certified CERT Instructor, HP Incident Commander, cell 561-322-6657
Health and first aid
- 1 bottle of shampoo
- 1 box sanitary hand wipes/liquid
- 1 large tube of toothpaste
- 1 antiseptic
- 1 deodorant
- 1 hydrogen peroxide
- 1 Petroleum jelly
- 3 boxes of quick energy (Ie. granola bars or raisins)
- 1 box of crackers
- 4 cans of fruit
- 5 cans of meat
- 4 cans of vegetables
- 1 large can of juice
- Instant coffee / tea / powdered drinks
- 1 bottle of shampoo per household members
- Buy a new first aid kit
- If you live in a villa, buy an ABC fire extinguisher
- 2 boxes of large plastic zip bags and plastic wrap
- Assorted plastic containers with lids
- You will also need one gallon of water per person for at least 7 days. Please remember that the bottled water only last for 6 months! The plastic starts to deteriorate causing the water to become contaminated.
This is also a time to do your to-do list before the season starts such as
- Make a family plan. Who does what and where will your family ride out the storm.
- Locate your water meter and electrical shut off.
- Install/test your smoke detector
- Photocopy important papers and store safely
- Obtain cash or travel checks
- Establish an out-of-state contact to call in case of emergency
- You should consider buying camping lantern and batteries for camping lantern in case electricity goes out and you have no power
- Portable camp stove or grill
- Battery operated radio
- Flashlights / Flashlight batteries
Florida statute “465.0275 emergency prescription refill
(1) In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense:
(A) A one-time emergency refill of up to 72- hour supply of the prescribed medication; or
(B) A one-time refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus
(2) If the Governor issues an emergency order or Proclamation of a State of emergency, the pharmacist may dispense up to a 30 day Supply in the areas or Counties affected by the order or Proclamation, provided that:
(A) the prescription is not listed for medicinal drug listed in schedule ll appearing in chapter 893.
(B) The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy in a chronic condition.
(C) in the Pharmacist professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable Health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort.
(D) The dispensing pharmacist creates a written order containing all prescription information required by this chapter and chapters 499 and 893 and signs that order.
(E) the dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing.
Mike Wassarman, Palm Beach County certified CERT Instructor. Cell 561-322-6657