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Hurricane Survival for New Residents

Hurricane Survival for New Residents

Are you new to the Brevard County area? If you are, welcome from A Mother’s Touch Movers. We are so glad you are here. Melbourne and the surrounding areas are full of natural wonders to feast upon, great schools for families, and beautiful pristine beaches that make life on the Space Coast a dream. However, if you are new to the Florida lifestyle there may be a few things to take into consideration with regards to the coming hurricane season. Here at A Mother’s Touch Movers, we want our customers and friends to always be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. If you are a new resident, chances are hurricanes are a foreign concept to you. Read on for more information and helpful links to help keep you and yours safe.

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic Ocean could experience higher than average activity this year due to warmer waters. They expect between 11 and 17 named tropical storms. This could lead to upwards of 9 actual hurricanes. These stats show that we could see a lot of torrential weather this year so being prepared is highly important.

First and foremost, you will need to have a minimum of 3 days’ supply of water for EACH person in your family. This water is to be used solely for drinking. Water for sanitation purposes should not be included in this count. The United States Marine Core recommends that each family have a 3 to 7-day supply of non-perishable food. Canned items, powdered milk, beverages, boxed foods, and those not needing refrigeration are all included in this list. Choose items that you know your family will eat and be sure to have a non-electrical can opener to assist you with preparations. Aluminum foil, plastic bags, storage containers, reusable cups and plates along with silverware, and any other easy items to make eating without power easier. Now is the time to make sure your grill has enough gas or charcoal.

You will also want to make sure you have an adequate supply of all medications that you or anyone in your home uses on a daily basis. If you can, make sure all prescriptions are filled pre-storm and put them in a waterproof container just in case your home is impacted by the storm. Keep these medications close by just to be safe. You will also want a standard first aid kit. Bandages, Band-Aids, over-the-counter pain medications, anti-bacterial creams, and the like are all recommended. Again, keep your first aid kit fully stocked and easily accessible.

For those of you with infants, make sure you have enough formula (if used) and other supplies such as diapers and wipes. You do not want to get stuck at home without the things that your baby will need. Pets must not be forgotten either. Have extra food and medication on hand for each of your pets just in case you are not able to leave home during or after the storm.

There will be supplies that you need in the event the power goes out. Here’s a great start:

  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Candles and Matches
  • Duct Tape
  • Hammer and Screwdriver
  • Plywood and tarps
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Cleaning Supplies

Brevard County is an incredible place to live. When you are prepared for hurricane season, you can rest easy and relax in the glorious sunshine. Welcome to the area.

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