As Hurricane Florence makes landfall today along the east coast it has many concerned with how well prepared we are in an emergency when disaster decides to strike. Did you know, more than 2.6 million people are facing hurricane warnings and watches, today?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that having a family emergency plan in place is vital for getting through disaster situations.

The next time disaster rears its head; you may not have much time to act. It is essential to be prepared and to have a plan for a sudden emergency. Coordinate with your family members in designated meet-up areas, emergency contacts, and general emergency protocols.

Here, we have compiled a 50-item list of what you may need to keep you and your loved ones safe and prepared in times of emergency. Use this list as a baseline for preparing for an emergency but also tailor it to you and your family’s medical and situational needs.

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A few more helpful tips:

  • For the possibility of flooding, have an axe and life preservers available
  • Store “bug out” kits in dry-storage
  • Have an emergency plan that addresses the most likely disasters in your region.
  • Water is critical. If you do not have stored water, fill up your sink or bathtub.
  • Stay on top of hygiene. Hand washing stations are critical in discouraging harmful bacteria and pathogens from thriving during an emergency.
  • If you are unable to get your pets to shelter, refrain from tying them up. Let them roam free as a last resort.
  • Pay heed to evacuation orders. If you have not been ordered to evacuate, stay in a safe area or shelter during a disaster. In your home, a safe area may be a interior room, away from windows, like a bathroom or closet.
  • If evacuated, be sure to turn off all utilities.
  • Avoid driving around barricades and attempting to drive through deep water. Find another way around.

CDC Flooding Infographic

This infographic from the CDC helps illustrate what can be done before, during and after flooding.

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Adhering to these disaster guidelines could end up saving your property and even your life.

Recently, there have been about 16 tropical storms per year, on average, including about 8 hurricanes. This increase in frequency is correlated with the rise in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, which could be partially related to global warming. Hurricane season in the northern hemisphere typically spans from June until November.

Remember to remain calm in times of emergency. Organization, preparation and proper planning will give you and your loved ones the best chance at surviving disasters.   If and when you and your loved ones are safe, try and help others who are unable to help themselves. Collaborate with your neighbors and your community in order to maintain safety during emergencies.

Lastly, make sure your area is safe from disaster before exiting your safe place or shelter. Your area may be most dangerous post-disaster. Stay cautious and be mindful of fallen trees, power lines, high water, exposed manholes, and intersections with no power for traffic lights. It only takes six inches of running water to knock someone off of his or her feet and a foot of running water can make a vehicle float. Florence is not just a coastal storm but will also affect inland communities as it moves away from the coast. There could be catastrophic flash flooding in areas already waterlogged from earlier storms. Officials are warning that power, water, sewer and phone services could be disrupted for an extended time after landfall.