September 10 is the peak of hurricane season—are you prepared? Get the Osceola Hurricane Handbook now. A partnership between KUA, Osceola County, the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, UF IFAS Extension in Osceola County and Positively Osceola, the 40-page handbook includes information on emergency shelters, evacuation routes, generator safety and power outage restoration as well as helpful telephone numbers, a disaster supplies checklist and a tropical cyclone tracking chart.
For a sneak peek of the guide, check out these five must-haves to get started on your hurricane survival kit:
- Food: Be sure to pack nonperishable food items in your kit for at least 72 hours. Examples could include canned fruits, canned or dried meats, drinking water, crackers, peanut butter, canned soups, high energy bars and more.
- Personal Items: Pack soap, a toothbrush, deodorant, a towel and wash cloth, a sewing kit, shampoo and female hygiene items.
- Communication Equipment: Make sure to have a battery operated radio, extra batteries, a NOAA weather radio, cell phone and charger.
- First Aid Supplies: In case of an emergency, first aid supplies are helpful to have on hand. Items can include scissors, a thermometer, first aid tape, gauze rolls, Band-Aids, cotton swabs and more.
- Papers & Valuables: In case of an emergency evacuation, you want to be sure you have copies of all your important documents in a water proof case. Document examples are birth certificates, social security cards, legal IDs, extra cash, mortgages, and more.