INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The 2014 hurricane season is about to start, so now is the time to check your Disaster Kit to make sure everything is fresh and ready in the event a storm should hit Indian River County.
In addition to topping off the gas tanks of all your vehicles and getting extra cash out of the ATM, stocking up on the following items is a good idea, so you are not faced with long lines at the store at the last minute:
- Water – at least 1 gallon per person and pet per day for at least three days
- Non-perishable food items for at least three days
- Manually operated can opener
- Battery-operated radio/TV
- Ample supply of fresh batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- First Aid Kit
- Two-week supply of medications in the original prescription bottles
- Blankets, pillows and sleeping bags
- Extra clean clothing and underwear, including a pair of rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes
- Lightweight folding chairs and cots
- Personal items including books and quiet games/toys
- Infant necessities such as diapers and formula
Important papers (driver’s license, marriage license, birth certificate, deed to property, will, etc.)
Before a storm is within striking range, it is important to become familiar with evacuation routes and locations of shelters near your home. Those who have special medical needs should pre-register for entry into those shelters with the Indian River County Office of Emergency Management at (772) 567-2154.
Adapted from Indian River County Disaster Preparedness booklet.