GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico— The 2019 hurricane season begins soon so Puerto Rico residents need to make sure they’re prepared. That means having enough food, water and other commodities to sustain a household.
Puerto Rico residents should consider the areas they live and their family’s specific needs when gathering supplies. People with disabilities or special healthcare needs should consider their unique situation in their planning.
Build a kit.
- Be sure you have at least 10 days of supplies.
- Store a gallon of water, food, medicine and other supplies per person per day. Pay special attention to infants, the elderly and people with disabilities and access and functional needs.
Make a family plan.
- Identify alternate ways to stay in touch with loved ones.
- Choose an out of town friend or relative as a point of contact.
- Decide on a meeting place in case you cannot return home.
- Keep important phone numbers with you at all times.
Assess sheltering needs.
- Identify where you will shelter in case you are ordered to leave your home and share the location with your family.
- Contact your local emergency agencies about evacuation procedures if relying on public transportation.
- Make sure your primary residence is in good condition if you plan on staying home. Use plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors.
- Make sure someone is available to care for your pets if you cannot.
- Get food, water and a collar with an identification tag.
- Keep pets inside the house or take them to a pre-identified safe location.
- In mass care shelters, pets will be taken to a reserved space. Certified service pets are allowed to stay with their owners for emotional support.
Be financially prepared.
- Access to ATMs may be limited after disasters so have extra cash.
- Anticipate out-of-pocket expenses for lodging, food, gas and more.
- Renters and homeowners should make sure insurance adequately covers them.
- Switch your Social Security or other regular benefits to electronic payments that are deposited directly into your account.
- Local media will provide evacuation and shelters details.
- Up-to-date information about island weather is available on the National Weather Service’s website at weather.gov/sju.
- Make sure your battery-powered radio is working and you have extra batteries.
- Download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts.
- Find other ways to get ready this hurricane season by visiting fema.gov/es/disaster/4339/preparacion-emergencias for Spanish or fema.gov/disaster/4339/emergency-preparedness for English.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS - Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.
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