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Stay Safe Before And After A Hurricane

MIAMI (CBS4) - In the case of a hurricane, every resident and visitor will need to have a variety of supplies to handle any emergencies that may occur before or after the storm.

It's important to remember that as a storm approaches, while it is in the area, and after the storm leaves with damage in it's wake, emergency services may not be able to help you. It may be too dangerous for ambulances to respond, and fire-rescue will not send trucks and people out into the storm. You need to be able to help yourself.

Below is a list of items experts say is necessary to stay safe.

A basic first aid kit for hurricanes should include the following:

  1. Sterile gauze
  2. Bandages of various sizes
  3. Antiseptic Spray
  4. Burn Spray
  5. Mosquito Repellant
  6. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) 25mg Tablets for allergic reactions
  7. Antibiotic Ointment: For cuts and scrapes
  8. Over the counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen, Aspirin, and Tylenol
  9. Bandage Tape
  10. Alcohol swabs/Alcohol wipes
  11. Lip Baum
  12. SPK Sunscreen
  13. Scissors, tweezers
  14. Thermometer
  15. Ice pack
  16. Clean or purified water

Please remember many injuries occur while preparing for a storm, or cleaning up the aftermath of a storm. Use power tools, generators and other devices with caution. Always use thick work gloves to put up hurricane shutters and take them down.

If you are elderly, frail, disabled or have a special medical need and are concerned about your sheltering plan, or if you want the latest information on shelter modifications for individuals with disabilities or special needs, contact Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services Division at 954-537-2888 or TTY 954-537-2882.


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