Preparing for a hurricane can sometimes be overwhelming. To help South Florida residents prepare for the potential arrival of Hurricane Irma, City of Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers has issued the following Hurricane Checklist:
- Drinking Water: At least one gallon per person per day for three to five days, preferably two weeks. Extra water is needed for food preparation and personal hygiene. To store drinking water, use food-grade containers. You can use clean, airtight containers such as two-liter soda jugs, but no milk containers. If you re-use disposable plastic bottles, do not keep them for more than a month.
- Food: At least enough for three to five days, including non-perishable packaged or canned food, canned or shelf milk, cereal, etc.; and snack foods
- A three to five-day supply of special items for babies such as formula, food, wipes, diapers; special foods for the elderly; toiletries and extra toilet paper
- Have a plan to stay with family or friends outside of an evacuation area (i.e. mobile home park). The last resort should be a general (i.e. Park Lakes Elementary 3925 N. SR7) or special needs shelter
- Paper goods such as plates, bowls, napkins, towels, and plastic eating utensils
- Unscented household bleach and medicine dropper
- Extra bedding such as blankets, pillows, sleeping bag, etc. in case you must evacuate
- Clothing, including rain gear and sturdy shoes
- First aid kit of Medicines/prescription drugs: A two-week supply
- Hand sanitizer, Flashlight and extra batteries. Manual can opener/bottle opener
- Battery-operated or hand-crank radio, disposable batteries, car charger or solar charger for your cell phone or mobile devices.
- Hardline telephone with jack (not cordless), books and games or toys o Pet food, cat litter and other pet care items
- Tool kit including cord, rope, hammer, wood nails, saw, hatchet or axe, crowbar, chain saw blades, tarp, duct tape, and heavy work gloves. Any special equipment or items you may need
- Cash and important documents are paramount and should be secured. Plastic trash bags and ties
- Extra re-sealable plastic storage bags, heavy-duty aluminum foil and disposable aluminum pans
- Extra charcoal or propane gas for outdoor cooking. Sterno can also be used. Never cook with any of these items inside your house. The smoke and fumes are deadly.
- Fire extinguisher (ABC type) Matches in a waterproof container
· Mosquito repellent with DEET, and sunscreen