Sep. 1, 2020
We had a near-miss with Hurricane Isaias, the storm that went on to wreak havoc up the East Coast. We got lucky, but we’re not out of the woods yet! There’s still another 3 months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season ahead and experts predicted 2020 would be a highly active season.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Once a storm starts making headlines, we Floridians know the shopping frenzy begins. Before you know it, store shelves get emptied, deliveries stalled or halted and necessary supplies unavailable.
HAVE YOUR HURRICANE SUPPLY ESSENTIALS STOCKED UP EARLY!
NOW is a great time to get prepared. Tomoka Town Center has all your comprehensive shopping needs covered in one place. Start now and build your supplies by adding a few items each week.
The good thing is, most of the supplies are relatively inexpensive and can be found at your local Shopping Center in Daytona Beach at stores like Sam’s Club, TJ MAXX, Academy Sports & Outdoor, Burlington, Ross Dress for Less and even Dollar Tree and Five Below have great affordable items!
Here are a few hurricane preparedness supplies you should start stocking up on in case you need to shelter in place, possibly with no power for an extended amount of time:
Where to Keep Your Supplies & Emergency Kits
After assembling your supplies and emergency kit, keep it set aside, or be sure to replenish it often, so it’s ready when needed. Store your canned food in a cool, dry place. Store boxed food in a tightly closed plastic or metal containers. Keep an eye on those expiration dates. Update your kit as needed to fit your family’s changing needs.
Emergency Supplies on the Go
With the weather, anything can happen, anywhere. You don’t always know where you will be when an emergency occurs, so prepare supplies for your home as mentioned above, but also keep some supplies ready at work and in your car.
Pet Owners Disaster Preparedness
Extra thought and steps are necessary to plan in advance to ensure your dog, cat, turtle, bird or any other feathered or furry friend can be kept safe.
“Ready to Go” Essentials you should have ready in advance for an emergency and some steps to take:
If you plan on evacuating instead of sheltering in place, have an evacuation plan worked out for your pets in place, too. Don’t leave your furry or feathered family member stranded during an emergency. Most emergency shelters won’t accept animals due to health regulations, so you’ll need to plan in advance to ensure your pet will be safe and secure. You can reach out to family members or friends in safe areas or you can contact your local vet or animal shelter for more information.
Be sure your pet is sufficiently identifiable, whether it’s with a collar, microchipped or both.
Keep photos of your pet and digital records so there are no issues finding them after the storm has passed. It’s also a good idea to have your pet’s vaccines up to date and have your records organized to prove it, as many animal shelters won’t accept animals that don’t have vaccination records.
For more information about Hurricane Preparedness, check out: https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan
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