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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Lou Romig MD, FAAP, FACEP
Miami Children’s Hospital
© 2006 Lou Romig
My New Best Friend is a Generator!
Put our families first.
Move emergency equipment and basic supplies to home “safe space”.
Shutter installation and removal can be very dangerous. Be careful!
© becomes a matter-of-fact part of life. John Pritchett, Honolulu Weekly 10/26/05TTD During a Storm
It’s never appropriate for a child to be on the roof of a house unless they’re being rescued from it.
Evaluate and revise your disaster plan as needed. Share what you’ve learned!
Don’t forget to include your children in the evaluation process.
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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
Emergency signaling devices
First aid kit
Carbon monoxide monitors
Spare batteries for all electronicsSafety and Information
Plastic sheeting becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.
Large plastic garbage bags
Staple gun for tacking plastic sheeting
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
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
Coolers, cold/ice packsFood
Look for wide-based stable burners, preferably not requiring matches.
Moist towelettes becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.
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 powderHygiene
Basic first aid kit with lots of supplies for minor injuries becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.
Copies of prescriptions (include glasses and other prescribed aids) and prescription bottles
Human and pet vaccination and medical records
Spare glasses & contact lenses
Diaper cream/ointment (for adults too!)Medical
Secure all medications against curious children!
Never use open flames around children!
Power is never more important than safety! becomes a matter-of-fact part of life.
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.
First Alert Fridge Guard
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.