One of the most important tools for emergency preparedness is an Emergency/Hurricane Survival Kit. You’ll need provisions to carry you through a week or more after the storm.
Remember, there may be no electricity or clean water for days. Downed trees and other debris blocking the roads may keep you from traveling far. Below are the most important items for your Emergency Supply Kit. Stock up today and store them in a water-resistant container. Replenish as necessary.
• First aid kit (including bandages, antiseptic, tape, compress, non-aspirin pain reliever, and anti-diarrhea medication)
• Essential medications (2-week supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contacts, etc.)
• Drinking water: at least a 3 days supply at 1 gallon per person per day. It’s also a good idea to sterilize the bathtub and fill it with water just before the storm if evacuation orders are not called.
• Plenty of canned or other non-perishable food and non-electric can opener (no electricity = no refrigeration)
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
• Extra batteries
• Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cash and credit cards
• Cell phones with chargers
• Family and emergency contact
• At least one extra set of clothing per person, as well as rainwear
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Map(s) of the area (you may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged)
• Pet supplies (leash, collar, ID tags, food, carrier, bowl, fresh water)
• Tools/supplies for securing your home (plastic tarp for roof or window repair, screening, tools, nails, etc.)
• Extra set of car and house keys
• Insect repellent and sunscreen
• Camera for photos of damage
• Toilet paper, paper towels, and eating utensils
• Zip-lock bags to keep valuables safe from water.
• Plastic trash bags
Special Needs Registry
People with medical conditions that will require evacuation by ambulance or wheelchair, or who have other medical issues that would require assistance during an evacuation should call their local EMA or Health Department to be placed on the Special Needs Registry.
Residents of Bryan County should call:
Bryan County Health Department at (912) 653-4331.
Residents of Liberty County should call:
Liberty and Hinesville Emergency Management Agency at (912) 368-2201.
Immediately after a hurricane watch is issued, all registrants will be contacted on their status and will be informed to begin preparing for possible evacuation if and when a warning and mandatory evacuation order are issued. Once this is imminent they will be re-contacted and told to be ready to evacuate. They will be expected to have their own extra clothing, medical equipment and supplies, medicines, etc. ready to go with them. If they have a personal care-giver (e.g., a family member) that person will be expected to be ready to accompany them.