Tropical Storm Alberto is our wakeup call

Have you built your hurricane kit yet - this weekend is a nice warning for us in The Villages!

Tropical Storm Alberto will bring us some rain and wind but nothing like we’ve seen in the past.  If you were here last year for hurricane Irma, we all had an exciting, and a little scary few days.  In The Villages we “weathered” the storm with minimal damage but as always could have been worse.

To follow-up on our article about the 2018 Hurricane Season – click here for the 2018 forecast,  we wanted to give you some tips to prepare for the newcomers and the seasoned residents.

Some items – at a minimum you should have ready

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day – Alcohol does not count – that will dehydrate you.
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food – don’t forget something to eat with (plates, cups and utensils
  • Medications – have in a plastic bag
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Battery powered fan – it will get hot and the pools will be closed
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Cell phone with chargers – you can always charge from your car or golf cart if you have a USB port
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks – the ATMs will probably not be  working if we lose power
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and important contacts saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person – an air mattress if you have one.
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

And don’t forget to have your designated place picked in your home for when it gets intense.

Identify your local shelters incase something bad happens to your home.

You can either print this or for a more compressive list check our this list from Ready.gov which is downloadable

Photo from Weather.com

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