Where can I go if a hurricane approaches?

by Alzheimer's Community Care of Palm Beach, FL

Plan A: STAY HOME.

If you don't live in an evacuation zone or a mobile/manufactured home stay home and take these precautions:

  1. Gather all supplies that you will need EARLY.
  2. Establish a “safe room:” an interior room with no windows. Bring needed supplies including battery-powered radio, medication, food, and drinking water into this room.
  3. Make sure that your home is secure, is shuttered and that it can withstand a hurricane. Ask neighbors to assist if necessary.
  4. Make sure that a neighbor or someone in your family knows that you will be there.

Plan B: STAY WITH LOCAL FRIENDS.

If you plan to stay with family or friends during a hurricane, take these precautions:

  1. Call them in advance. Make sure that they will be ready for you.
  2. Have a backup plan in case they are out of town.
  3. Have the enclosed checklists completed outlining your needs.
  4. If your loved one has dementia, ask to have a room just for you and your loved one. And ask them to take the same safety precautions you have in your home (i.e. hide sharp objects and poisons, limit access to exits and cover mirrors.)
  5. Bring your own food and water.

Plan C: RELOCATE OUTSIDE THE AREA.

If you live in an evacuation zone, and/or a mobile/manufactured home you must relocate.

  1. LEAVE EARLY and let others know where you are planning to go.
  2. Have a full tank of gas and a current, easy-to-read map handy.
  3. Know where you are going. If you are going to a hotel, make sure that you have a reservation as many hotels, even a hundred miles away, will fill up quickly.
  4. Have the enclosed checklists completed outlining your needs.
  5. Bring important family documents with you.

Plan D: GO TO A SHELTER.

If you plan on going to a shelter you may need to be prepared for an extended stay. Take these precautions:

  1. Make arrangements for your pets EARLY. Red Cross shelters do not allow pets.
  2. Prepare supplies that you can bring with you (i.e. FOOD, WATER, a change of clothes, snack foods, personal hygiene supplies, medications, radio/TV with extra batteries, entertainment, etc.)
  3. Make sure that the shelter you are going to is open and has space. Watch the local media for updates and PREPARE EARLY.
  4. Bring your cell phone (if you have one) and your charger or extra batteries.
  5. Bring your own bedding, pillows and blankets.

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College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida