Hurricane Matthew is coming and he looks like a doozy. Gov. Scott has already declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida.
Now it the time to prepare.
Matthew is a Category 4 storm due to hit Haiti today and forecasters are calling it “potentially catastrophic,” producing up to 49 inches of rain in some spots. That’s the height of your average 6-year-old.
What the storm will do after passing over Haiti is uncertain, but Floridians should be on alert. The storm track has been moving gradually westward and we in Central Florida and here at Pebble Creek at Lake Mary could see some effects on Thursday.
Here’s how you can be prepared:
- Stock up on food and personal items for at least three days – and don’t wait until the last minute because the shelves could be bare.
- Stock up on water. You’ll need a gallon per person per day for three to five days.
- Fill the gas tank on your vehicle(s) – pumps won’t work without power.
- Go to the ATM now – if the power goes out, those won’t work either.
- Make sure you have enough food and water for your pets.
- Charge your phones – or go high-tech and get solar-powered phone chargers, flashlights, radios and even fans.
- If you or a family member takes prescription medicine, make sure you have enough to get through the aftermath of a storm.
- Fill the tub with water for toilet flushing.
- Turn the fridge down to the lowest setting. Open it as little as possible if the you are without power. You also can freeze containers of water and put them in the fridge to keep food cold if the power goes out.
- Pay attention to the weather reports.
Also be sure to have:
- Basic first aid kit and insect repellant
- Important papers should be in a waterproof (plastic) bag where you can find them
- Manual can opener
- Flashlights, battery operated radio and extra batteries