After the Hurricane; Getting back to Normal

Katrina Damage
Damage near Dauphin Island Parkway from Hurricane Katrina

After the storm, if you were hit hard, the cleanup begins. It can be physically and emotionally stressful. Pace yourself, to stay healthy and safe from injury. Make sure you, your friends, and your neighbors are coping well with the disruption. You may go days without electricity, clean water, and access to stores and banks. In addition to all the items you would take to a shelter, here are items you may need after the storm, as suggested by the National Hurricane Center.

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Katrina Damage
The Alba Club in Mobile, after Hurricane Katrina.

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days

– non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices

– foods for infants or the elderly

– snacks

– non-electric can opener

– cooking tools and fuel

– paper plates and plastic utensils

Blankets and pillows

Clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit, medicines, prescription drugs

Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone

Tools for cleanup and repair

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Pet care items

– proper identification, immunization records and medications

– ample supply of food and water

– a carrier or cage

– muzzle and leash

Camera – for documenting losses for insurance purposes, and for sending storm damage pictures to us at News 5!

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