The United States is in the thick of hurricane season from May 15th to November 30th, which means residents of Boynton Beach, Florida, need to be aware of the best ways to be prepared and keep themselves and their loved ones safe. All of Florida is currently under a state of emergency as Hurricane Dorian continues to gain strength.
Read on to discover what you need to know to weather the storms this season.
Before the Storm
Create a Hurricane Preparedness Kit
With your eye on the news, you know that a storm has been brewing along the coast for a while. Are you ready? Now is the time to prepare an emergency kit to ensure you have your basic necessities easily at hand. Store the following items in a portable plastic bin or duffle bag:
- Water & a water filtration system – Try to pack one gallon of water per person per day. The recommendation is to have enough water stored for three days, but if a big storm is coming, you may want to prepare a week’s worth instead. And while humans can last a while without food, clean water is paramount. Many opt for a water filtration device, in addition to stored bottled water.
- Non-perishable food – Canned goods like tuna and vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, powdered milk. Keeping dietary and health restrictions in mind, pack away foods that will last a while. Don’t forget to include a can opener!
- Medications – Be sure to store any medications or important documents you may need in a sealable, waterproof bag. This will ensure you have them readily available should you need to grab your kit and move locations. If your medications need to be stored in a cool place, consider including a cooler and ice pack.
- First aid kit – You never know what is going to happen during a storm. Stay prepared for the worst with a stocked first aid kit on hand. Think beyond the basics. While you want to have antiseptic, bandages, and hand sanitizer, also consider where to keep a utility knife, aspirin or Tylenol, hand warmers, and cold packs.
- Electronics and accessories – It’s not uncommon for the power to go out during a storm. If you don’t have a generator, ensure you have a flashlight, plenty of batteries, and a power bank for your phone or tablet.
- Pet food – Pets are family. When a storm is looming, the last thing you want to do is realize you’re at the bottom of the dog food bag, or that you just opened the last can of cat food. Make sure you keep your pet’s food on hand; a sudden change in diet can lead to gastrointestinal distress, and that’s no fun for anyone, particularly during an emergency.
Develop a Plan of Action
Now that you have your kit together, you need to ensure you and your loved ones are aware of what steps to take should the storm worsen. Talk to your family about an evacuation and communication plan, determining the best place to shelter and how to get a hold of each other should phone lines be down.
During the Storm
Where’s the safest place to be during a hurricane?
If you live at home and you are not in an area that requires evacuation, then the safest place you can be during a hurricane is in a small, interior room on the lowest floor safe from flooding. Stay away from any windows. Should the main floor of your home start to flood, retreat to a higher level. Install the FEMA app on your phone or tablet to receive real-time alerts.
Resources: Hurricane Preparedness in Boynton Beach, FL
For any emergency, dial 911.
For non-emergencies, you can call the hurricane hotline at (561) 742-6921.
Going Above and Beyond with Senior Living Preparedness
The Club at Boynton Beach understands the importance of keeping seniors in our care protected when the weather takes a turn for the worse, which is why we built our new senior living community with their well-being in mind.
Our community boasts a state-of-the-art generator designed to provide back-up power in the event of an extended outage. Our assisted living and memory care residents have access to emergency power and climate control in all private apartments in addition to common areas, so they can wait out the storm in comfort.