Hurricane Preparedness

All About Hurricanes

There’s no stopping hurricane season, but Glades Electric Cooperative will be prepared for whatever the season has in store. The opening day of the season is June 1st and will continue until the end of November. After life-altering storm seasons in 2004 and 2005, GEC learned the importance of organization, motivation, and preparation in our efforts to restore our members’ power as quickly and safely as possible. Last year, GEC employees and members alike were fortunate to have a quiet storm season, free from hurricanes!

Rest assured that each season we are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst! We are looking out for our members and working hard to be ready should disaster strike. Emergency kits are very important in times of disaster. Here is a list of six basic areas that you should prepare.

Family Disaster Supply Kit

Water

Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation and sanitation). Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in you household.

Water should be stored in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid storing water in containers that will break or decompose.

Food

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking and little or no water. Such items include:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices and soups
  • Sugar, salt, and pepper
  • Peanut butter, crackers, granola bars, cookies, and cereals

Remember items for infants, elderly persons, and persons on special diets.

First Aid Kit

Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each vehicle. Include items such as:

  • Scissors, tweezers, needles and safety pins
  • Moistened towelettes, antiseptic, soap, and bandages
  • Latex gloves, sunscreen, and non-prescription drugs (aspirin, antacid, and laxative)

Tools & Supplies

  • Paper cups, utensils, plates, non-electric can opener, and utility knife
  • Battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, signal flare, and compass
  • Shut-off wrench to turn off household gas and water
  • Toilet paper, soap, and feminine products
  • Garbage bags, disinfectant, and a plastic bucket with a tight lid

Clothing & Bedding

Include at least one change of clothes and footwear per person. Items include:

  • Sturdy shoes and rain gear
  • Blankets, and sleeping bags
  • Hats, gloves, thermal underwear, and sunglasses

Special Items

Remember family members with special needs.

For babies, items include:

  • Formula, bottles, and powdered milk
  • Diapers and medications

For adults, items may include:

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin, and prescription drugs
  • Denture products, contact lenses and supplies, and eyeglasses
  • Games, books, and important family documents to be stored in a waterproof container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, passports, and stocks & bonds
    • Immunization records, social security cards, and bank account information
    • Important telephone numbers, and family records (birth, death, marriage certificates)