Florida officials are telling residents not to wait until the last minute to prepare for the coming Hurricane. As Hurricane Dorian bears down upon the Florida coast, stores throughout the state are already running low on supplies.
Across Broward County, where Dorian is expected to make landfall as a category 4 later this week, people can be seen waiting in long lines waiting for gas, food, and bottled water.
“Dorian is likely to remain an extremely dangerous hurricane while it moves near the northwestern Bahamas and approaches the Florida peninsula through the weekend,” the NWS National Hurricane Center said.
Dorian will likely hit early Monday evening at the earliest and Tuesday morning at the latest, with the fallout expected over the central Florida Atlantic coast.
The National Weather Service said Dorian could bring a “triple-threat of dangers” to Florida, including a “life-threatening storm surge, devastating hurricane-force winds and heavy rains.” The center urged residents to “prepare NOW.”
“Have a plan, be ready and listen,” said Governor Ron DeSantis who urged all Floridians to stock up on seven days worth of supplies.
What supplies do you need to prepare for a hurricane?
Ahead of potentially devastating storms this hurricane season, the Red Cross recommends having the following supplies on hand:
- Water: At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, lease or deed to home)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Emergency blanket
- Insect repellent and sunscreens
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Rain gear
We believe the Red Cross’ guidelines are idiotic and don’t even begin to help people prepare for the possible aftermath of the storm. Remember, that during Hurricane Sandy some people were without power for weeks and looting is not only a real possibility, but in today’s world it’s pretty much a guarantee.
Here are some better tips on preparing for Hurricanes
- Hurricane Preparedness – Hurricanes, Storm Surges and Flooding – How to be prepared.
- Last Minute Prepper: How to Survive a Disaster when you Failed to Prepare
- The Aftermath: Preparing for Post Disaster Problems
- Natural Disasters: Emergency Preparedness Checklist
- The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World