Hurricane Survival Plans Need to Be Made

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) — Caribbean and Central American families need hurricane survival plans in place now, a U.S. non-profit group advises.

Officials at the Pan American Development Foundation in Washington say an active Atlantic hurricane season is predicted — including more than seven storms with winds over 100 mph.

“Families need to put together a plan now,” John Sanbrailo, the foundation’s executive director, says in a statement. “A few simple steps will make a difference, possibly even save lives, when the wind, rain and flooding hits a community.”

Sanbrailo and colleagues advise an emergency plan includes important documents, such as property deeds, passports, birth certificates, as well as a 30-day supply of prescription medications in water-tight containers. Emergency kits should also include non-perishable food, a flashlight with fresh batteries, matches, a first-aid kit and portable radio.

Family members should be aware of escape routes, a safe place to meet and a plan for the safety of pets and livestock. Be sure animals have identification tags, drainage canals are clear of debris, and tree branches that may strike homes or utilities are trimmed.

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