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Preparing Your Family for Hurricanes. Lou Romig MD, FAAP, FACEP Miami Children’s Hospital FL-5 DMAT. © 2006 Lou Romig. A.K.A…. My New Best Friend is a Generator!. My 2004 Hurricane Season. My 2005 Hurricane Season. Take disasters personally. Put our families first.

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Preparing your family for hurricanes

Preparing Your Family for Hurricanes

Lou Romig MD, FAAP, FACEP

Miami Children’s Hospital

FL-5 DMAT

© 2006 Lou Romig


A k a
A.K.A…

My New Best Friend is a Generator!




Take disasters personally
Take disasters personally.

Put our families first.


In a culture of preparedness emergency planning becomes a matter of fact part of life
In a “culture of preparedness”, emergency planning becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


  • Things to do becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Things to get

  • Living the Generator Life

  • My favorite gadgets


Things to do throughout the year
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. Throughout the Year

  • Reassess homeowner’s or renter’s insurance annually

  • Assess need for and complete major preparedness projects such as hurricane shutters, a generator, roof repairs, etc.

  • Put away emergency cash


Things to do throughout the year1
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. Throughout the Year

  • Spare two week supply of usual prescription medications

  • Update vaccinations for all pets in case of need for kenneling or evacuation

  • Watch for bargains on hurricane supplies and equipment (Tax Free days?)

  • Learn about disaster plans at family members’ schools and workplaces


Things to do hurricane season
Things to Do: Hurricane Season becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Things to do june 1st
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. June 1st

  • Review family disaster plan with family members. Update as needed.

  • Evaluate evacuation routes, closest shelters, triggers for evacuation

  • Register with shelters if pre-registration program is available. Include considerations for pet-friendly shelters.


Things to do june 1st1
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. June 1st

  • Designate and notify a long-distance emergency phone contact

  • Review school and workplace disaster plans

  • Gather copies and/or originals of important documents. Keep documents together in a portable format (paper or electronic).


Important documents
Important Documents becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Mortgage, leases, taxes

  • Insurance policies

  • Pending bills and account numbers (credit cards, banks, utilities, etc)

  • Identification documents (birth certificates, passports, etc)

  • Emergency contact information

  • Important medical records, including doctors’ phone numbers


Important documents1
Important Documents becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Copies of medication lists and prescriptions, including glasses, contact lenses, etc.

  • Recent photos of all family members

  • Photo/video inventory of home and most important belongings

  • Phone numbers, websites of commonly used repair/maintenance services

  • Serial numbers of important equipment, including medical devices

  • Blank checks, envelopes, stamps


Things to do june 1st2
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. June 1st

  • Keep emergency cash reserve with important papers

  • Complete needed home and vehicle repairs

  • Have trees trimmed and clean up the yard

  • Inventory, rotate and stock non-medical hurricane supplies


Things to do june 1st3
Things To Do: becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. June 1st

  • Inventory, stock, and repair emergency and back-up medical supplies and durable equipment. Assure the availability of prescription medications.

  • Perform generator maintenance as specified in owner’s manual

  • Back-up computer hard drives

  • Identify storm information resources


My favorite websites
My Favorite Websites becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

www.nhc.noaa.gov

www.hurricanecity.com

www.wunderground.com


Ttd when a storm threatens
TTD When a Storm Threatens becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Things to do before a storm
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Review plan with all family members. Inform extended family (especially your long-distance contact) and others of your family’s immediate plans.

  • If evacuating, do so as early as possible. Consider making hotel reservations outside the threat area if you can’t stay with outside family/friends.

  • If evacuating, turn off water and gas mains


Things to do before a storm1
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Move emergency equipment and basic supplies to home “safe space”.


Things to do before a storm2
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Gas up all vehicles. Safely store limited quantities of fuel for generator.

  • Fill LP gas tanks for grills or generators as needed

  • Top off emergency supplies if necessary

  • Charge all rechargeable batteries (cell, cameras, etc)

  • Deal with pets as per your disaster plan


Things to do before a storm3
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Assure that important documents and cash reserve are stored safely. Take documents and cash with you if you evacuate.

  • Refill prescriptions if possible

  • Secure protective measures such as storm shutters. Secure garbage and loose objects in yard, on balconies, etc.

Shutter installation and removal can be very dangerous. Be careful!


Things to do before a storm4
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Test all battery-powered equipment

  • Turn refrigerators and freezers to coldest settings

  • Sanitize bathtubs/sinks with bleach. Seal drains and fill basins with water if there’s any question about the water supply after a major storm.

  • Freeze drinking water in clean partially-filled soda bottles or other food-grade containers


Soda bottles are preferred
Soda bottles are preferred becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Things to do before a storm5
Things to Do: Before A Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Catch up on laundry

  • Unplug major electrical appliances, including computers

  • If riding out a storm, make sure all family members are adequately clothed (with shoes!) in case of the need to leave the home emergently during the storm. All family members should have some form of ID.


Ttd during a storm

© becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. John Pritchett, Honolulu Weekly 10/26/05

TTD During a Storm


Things to do during a storm
Things to Do: During a Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Keep up with information

  • Know where everyone is in the house

  • Establish a signal for retreat to your safe room

  • Turn off electrical equipment if power goes out

  • Don’t run a portable generator

  • Constantly reassess your safety

  • Be very careful during the eye of the storm


After a storm
After a Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Before Wilma

After Wilma


Be careful
Be careful!!! becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Things to do after the storm
Things to Do: After the Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Assess immediate surroundings for safety hazards. Leave the area if possible if there are serious safety issues.

  • Be alert for newly evolving hazards such as flooding

  • Access the media for situation reports

  • Document damage as soon as it’s safely possible to do so


Things to do after the storm1
Things to Do: After the Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Make critical emergency repairs as soon as it’s safely possible

  • Supervise children at all times and don’t allow them to get into hazardous situations during the assessment and recovery phases.

  • Be very cautious if using a generator.

It’s never appropriate for a child to be on the roof of a house unless they’re being rescued from it.


Things to do after the storm2
Things to Do: After the Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Use open flames only for cooking, never for lighting. Keep a fire extinguisher at hand.

  • Keep all chemicals and fuels out of reach of children. Use clearly marked containers.

  • Communicate with family and friends when possible but don’t make unnecessary calls that may burden an overwhelmed communication system


Things to do after the storm3
Things to Do: After the Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Watch family members (including children) for signs of stress. Make allowances for stressed-out behavior.

  • Maintain family routines whenever possible

  • Replace used disaster supplies as soon as it’s practical

  • Safely and properly dispose of waste chemicals such as generator oil, gas, kerosene, etc.


Things to do after the storm4
Things to Do: After the Storm becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Evaluate and revise your disaster plan as needed. Share what you’ve learned!

Don’t forget to include your children in the evaluation process.


Next things to get
Next: Things to Get becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Disclaimer: Products shown are included as representative samples, not endorsements


Safety and information

Battery-powered radio becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

NOAA weather radio, preferably with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) feature

Battery powered TV

Wireless internet device

Hardwired, non-powered phone

Work gloves

Eye protection

Sturdy shoes

Rain gear

Emergency signaling devices

Fire extinguisher

Flashlights

First aid kit

Smoke alarms

Carbon monoxide monitors

Spare batteries for all electronics

Safety and Information


Shelter protection

Plastic sheeting becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Large plastic garbage bags

Duct tape

Tie wraps

Rope

Bungee cords

Basic tools

Broom

Staple gun for tacking plastic sheeting

Blankets/mattresses

Shelter/Protection


Water
Water becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • One gallon/person/day for a minimum of three days (includes ½ gallon of potable water/person)

  • Potable water for pets

  • Eyedropper

  • Nonscented chlorine bleach OR Iodine water treatment tablets


Purifying water
Purifying water becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Rolling boil for at least 15 minutes.

  • 2 drops of non-scented chlorine bleach per quart of water (8 drops per gallon).

  • Iodine tablets or solution per package instructions.


Canned and packaged food that doesn’t require cooking becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Include some “comfort” and snack foods

Consider self-contained meals with heaters included

Powdered flavoring packets for water (Kool Aid®, Crystal Lite®, etc)

Baby food/formula if necessary (premixed formula if you have the room)

Special nutritional formulas/supplements as needed

Pet food

Manual can opener

Non-electric (usually propane) burner/stove

Propane for burner/stove

Charcoal, matches if using charcoal grill

Spare gas, matches if using gas grill

Grilling tools

Coolers, cold/ice packs

Food


Self heating food
Self-heating Food becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Chef5minutemeals.com

Heatermeals.com

Sunmeadow.com

Labriutemeals.com


Propane burner stove
Propane Burner/Stove becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Look for wide-based stable burners, preferably not requiring matches.


Hygiene

Moist towelettes becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Toilet paper

Alcohol-based sanitizer

Napkins, paper towels, shop towels

Paper plates/cups and plastic eating implements

Waterless teeth cleaners (such as Oral-B Brush-ups®)

Feminine hygiene products

Diapers and diaper wipes

Cornstarch-based body powder

Hygiene


Comfort
Comfort! becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Gotta go
Gotta go? becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Line the empty toilet bowl with a double layer of plastic garbage bags

  • Pour in clumping cat litter.

  • Do your business.

  • Discard when necessary.


Medical

Basic first aid kit with lots of supplies for minor injuries becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Prescription medications

Copies of prescriptions (include glasses and other prescribed aids) and prescription bottles

Human and pet vaccination and medical records

Spare glasses & contact lenses

Sunscreen

Insect repellant

Anti-itch medications

Nail clippers

Hydrocortisone cream

Diaper cream/ointment (for adults too!)

Medical


Medical1
Medical becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Antifungal cream/powder

  • Disposable cold packs

  • Creams, gels, disposable patches for muscle aches

  • Topical oral anesthetic & dental emergencies kit

  • Battery-powered nebulizer if needed (with spare batteries)

  • Other supplies as needed for specific medical conditions (i.e. oxygen, battery-powered suction, monitors, etc)

Secure all medications against curious children!


Lighting
Lighting becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Flashlights for everyone

  • Battery-powered lanterns

  • Lots of spare batteries

Never use open flames around children!


Other
Other becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Emergency cash

  • Checkbook

  • Pending bills

  • Stamps

  • Writing paper/pens/pencils

  • Personal phone/address book

  • Family communication plan


Family communication plan
Family Communication Plan becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

www.fema.gov/areyouready/emergency_planning.shtm


Other1
Other becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Digital or disposable camera(s)

  • Vital family documentation (see the “Things to Do” list)

  • Household inventory

  • Chargers and spare batteries for cell phones, cameras, portable entertainment devices, etc.

  • Spare car, home and property keys

  • Generator keys


My new best friend
My New Best Friend… becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Power is never more important than safety! becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Living with a portable generator
Living With a Portable Generator becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Get to know your machine before you need it

  • Outside, ventilated!

  • Never during the storm

  • Point the exhaust away

  • Danger – hot parts!

  • Store fuel away from the generator, in approved containers

  • No smoking or open flames


Living with a portable generator1
Living With a Portable Generator becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Wear protective clothing and shoes when fueling. Consider eye protection.

  • Never fuel a hot generator


Living with a portable generator2
Living With a Portable Generator becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Never run the generator without an adult on-site

  • Have a way to call for help if possible

  • Use the right cords

  • Watch out for cords – trip hazard!

  • Only a professional should wire a portable generator into home circuitry


Living with a portable generator3
Living With a Portable Generator becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Keep up maintenance before, during and after use or disuse

  • Know your power limitations

  • Keep a log of run-time and fuel usage

  • Protect your machine in the off-season


Equipment supplies for generator living
Equipment & Supplies for Generator Living becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Equipment and supplies
Equipment and Supplies becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Fuel stabilizer

  • Spare fuel in approved storage containers

  • Spare oil as specified by manufacturer

  • Funnel for fueling

  • Fuel siphon

  • Protective eyewear, clothing and shoes for fueling


Equipment and supplies1
Equipment and Supplies becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Locally-approved containers for discarding waste oil/fuel

  • Basic tools with appropriate wrenches for drain plugs, etc.

  • Fire extinguisher(s)

  • Cat litter to absorb fuel spills

  • Small notebook/pad and pen for generator run-time and fuel log

  • Carbon monoxide monitors for each sleeping area and at site of cord entry into structure


Equipment and supplies2
Equipment and Supplies becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Print simplified start/stop operation instructions. Consider labeling the start and shut-down sequences on the generator itself.

  • Flashlight or lantern for checking/fueling the generator in the dark

  • Various lengths of manufacturer-specified cord

  • Surge-protected heavy gauge power strip(s)

  • Multi-outlet adaptors


Equipment and supplies3
Equipment and Supplies becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

  • Small, lightweight electric stick lamps with low-watt bulbs

  • Refrigerator and freezer thermometers

  • Universal AC adaptors

  • A toaster oven

  • Consider marking cords with reflective tape or glow-sticks to reduce trip hazards in the dark.

  • Protective cover for generator


Portable air conditioner
Portable Air Conditioner? becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

$300-$600

A nice-to-have item. Frail people may really benefit from heat relief.


Dr. Lou’s Favorite Gadgets becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


5 food safety thermometer
#5 Food Safety Thermometer becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

First Alert Fridge Guard


4 fluorescent lanterns
#4 Fluorescent Lanterns becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


3 multifunction radios
#3 Multifunction Radios becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


2 battery powered tv
#2 Battery-powered TV becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


1 battery powered fans
#1 Battery-powered Fans becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


Wrap up
Wrap-up becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Protecting your family is a 24-7-365 job.

A family hurricane plan is a good base for an all-hazards family disaster plan.

If you can take a few days to plan and prepare for the holidays or a vacation, you can also take a few days a year to plan and prepare for a disaster.


Then it hits the becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.

Excrement occurs…


Be sure your family s ready
Be sure your family’s ready! becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.


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Presentation and checklists available at www.jumpstarttriage.com“Other lectures” page

Thank you!

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