PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- We are less than one month a way from the start of hurricane season. That means it's time to start thinking about your plan if a storm heads our way.
It's the calm before the storm. A beautiful clear afternoon in South Florida. But just like that a storm can roll through in. The start of hurricane season is fast approaching. Which means it's time to get your plan ready.
Daniel Brown, Senior Meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, knows better than anyone, just how important it is to be ready.
BROWN: We're in one of the most vulnerable areas in the country in Florida when it comes to hurricanes. And each and every season people need to take it seriously.
To start you need to create your kit of emergency supplies. The basics of this being non-perishable food and water.
VINCE BONVENTO/PALM BEACH COUNTY EOC: I would say the absolute minimum would be what they determine they're going to need to live off of, food, water-wise for 3 days.
Non-perishable food includes canned meat, fish, and vegetables. Beyond food and water supplies, here is a list of the other things FEMA recommends you have in your emergency kit:
- Moist towlettes to keep clean when you don't have water.
- Several tools, such as a wrench and pliers will also come in handy to turn off utilities.
- It's also handy to keep garbage bags around so you're able to keep things clean.
Aside from these basics, you have to consider other factors into your emergency kit.
VINCE BONVENTO: If you need to have prescriptions filled, you need to make sure if you have any special needs, if you take care of your parents or animals, you need to make arrangements in advance to take care of those individuals.
If you already have your emergency kit stocked full of supplies that you didn't need to use last week, it's time to refresh.
KARLA LENFESTY/HURRICANE HOUSE, UF EXTENSION: Just like changing your batteries in your clock, or fire alarm, you need to think about changing up and getting ready, getting things prepared, changing out your hurricane supplies and your food.