HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – If you choose to stay home when a tropical system is approaching and/or after it hits, here are some helpful tips from 10 On Your Side.
- Watch the latest warnings and advisories on WAVY News 10 and WAVY.com.
- Go to an interior room away from windows. This area should be determined and prepared before hand.
- Fill sinks, bathtubs, and buckets full of water for sanitary use. If the power goes out, you may lose your water supply.
- Fill containers with clean water. Remember, one gallon per person, per day.
- Do not go out in the brief calm of the storm. The strong winds can pick up sooner than you may expect.
- Let someone know that you are staying.
- Fill up a cooler with ice to store food if the power goes out.
- Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
Home Disaster Kit:
Water & Food
- At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3-5 days
- At least a 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food
- Ready-to-eat canned meat, fruits, vegetables
- Canned juices, powdered milk, soup
- Non-perishable high-energy food: nuts, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars
- Food for infants and elderly persons
Tools & Supplies
- Cell phone with chargers
- Hand-crank or battery-operated radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
- Extra cash or travelers cheques, loose change
- Manual can opener, utility knife
- Map of area (for locating shelters or evacuation routes)
- Matches in waterproof container
- Multi-purpose tool
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera (damage photos)
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, hand sanitizer, liquid detergent, feminine supplies
- Personal items, plastic garbage bags and disinfectants
Clothing & Bedding
- Sturdy shoes or work boots
- Rain gear
- Hats, work gloves, sunglasses
- Extra set of clothing
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, and medications
Special Items for Adults
- Prescription and non-prescription medication that are regularly used, denture needs, contact lenses, eye glasses, hearing aid batteries
- Keep copies in a waterproof, portable container
- Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
- Passports, Social Security cards, immunization records
- Bank accounts and credit card numbers
- Inventory of valuable household goods
- Family & emergency contact information
- Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)