The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. Are you ready?
Don’t wait until a storm threatens our area to prepare. Do it now. When an emergency does hit, your preparations will save precious time and protect your family.
Please join us at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for a free seminar on hurricane preparedness at noon June 25 (Friday), in Room 101 at 21110 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Register for the seminar by calling us toll-free at 1-888-256-7692.
Your family disaster plan
A family disaster plan helps everyone know what to do in the event of a hurricane, helping you stay safe.
Talk to your family about what you will do when a storm hits. Maintain a written document. Practice your plan and review it every six months. Share it with friends or other family members.
You can learn more and get a starting template for family disaster plans through your county’s emergency management office.
Some items to consider in planning:
- Decide where you would go if local emergency officials call for an evacuation. Make arrangements to stay with an out-of-town friend or relative, at a hotel, campground or public shelter. Know your evacuation route before you leave home. Plan for more than one in case authorities determine your route is unsafe.
- Designate an out-of-state friend as the point person that all family members will contact should you become separated.
- Plan what to do with your pets. Other than service animals, pets usually are not permitted in public shelters.
- Protect your home and property. Fix your home so it’s able to withstand severe weather. Take care of hazards and install protective measures, like storm shutters. Determine the safest place to be in your home if you have to stay there during a storm.
- Ensure you have adequate insurance coverage. Make a complete inventory and a record of the items in your home.
- Keep copies of important personal papers in a secure second location.
- Include emergency telephone numbers with your phones. Teach children how and when to call for help.
- Take first aid and CPR classes.
- Get a NOAA weather radio to stay informed before, during and after storms.
- Create and maintain a disaster supplies kit (for items you’ll need, find the information box in this blog). This should contain items that can help whether or not you evacuate. Check it and update items as necessary every six months.
Special needs – know where to go
It’s highly important to make advance preparations for the care of anybody with special medical needs.
There are shelters equipped with medical staff and specialized equipment. Call your county health department or emergency management office to learn where these are located and get registered for a space during storms.
Some areas may not have shelters to accommodate special needs. You’ll need to make arrangements with family or friends who can commit to the care involved and accommodate any equipment.
Store equipment at this haven ahead of any storm, so that no item is forgotten in the rush to evacuate. Arrange for transportation that leaves before the general evacuation order is called.
Our comprehensive plan
At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, we have a comprehensive hurricane preparedness plan to ensure our patients and the staff members who care for them are safe before, during and after storms (see more in our 2010 Community Report).
Our North Patient Tower is able to withstand up to a Category 5 hurricane, eliminating the need for evacuation. We have arrangements and contracts with vendors to provide medical supplies, additional generators, food, fuel, emergency transportation, building supplies and construction crews, which can be dispatched after the storm to make immediate repairs.
We’re prepared, and we recommend that you be prepared, too. Please take seriously the risk of this threat we face every year in Florida.
Learn how we can help you. Visit us at www.aventurahospital.com.
Disaster supplies kit (information box)
- At least a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day)
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- At least a seven-day supply of medications
- Medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane, first-aid kit)
- Important documents (medication list, medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Family and emergency contact information
- Map of the area
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra set of car and house keys
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA weather radio)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Blanket/sleeping bag (one per person)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, food, bowl, carrier, license, vaccine certifications)
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Camera for photos of damage