Hurricane Planning for Families without Children

When creating a plan consider the needs of each family member.

Planning for Families without Children

Preparing for a Hurricane: A Guide for Families Without Children
Hurricanes are formidable natural events that require meticulous preparation. For families without children, the preparation process can differ from that of families with children, focusing more on safeguarding property, ensuring pet safety, and addressing individual health needs. This guide provides detailed information to help families without children prepare effectively for a hurricane.

Why Preparation is Different for Families Without Children
Families without children may face different challenges during a hurricane, such as:

Property Protection: More emphasis on securing property and valuable items.
Pet Safety: Ensuring the safety and well-being of pets.
Health Management: Focusing on individual health needs and possibly more complex medical conditions.
General Preparation Tips
Create a Family Emergency Plan: Develop a comprehensive plan that includes evacuation routes, meeting points, and emergency contacts. Practice the plan regularly with all family members.

Build an Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit tailored to your family’s needs. Include:

Non-perishable food and water (at least three days’ supply for each family member)
Medications and medical supplies
Important documents (IDs, insurance papers, etc.)
Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
Flashlights and extra batteries
Personal hygiene items
First aid kit
Items specific to health needs, such as prescription medications, glasses, and mobility aids
Stay Informed: Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications from local authorities. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive warnings, such as through TV, radio, and mobile apps.

Specific Considerations for Families Without Children

Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal Preparation

Preparing for a hurricane will be different for different families. We have provided links to resources below.