Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that usually form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, and can strike anywhere along the eastern coast including New England.  You need to be prepared for when a storm strikes Rhode Island or Massachusetts.

Get a Kit

Learn about what supplies you need in an emergency, by going to http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit and copy the list of recommended items to “build” your own emergency supply kit.  These items include non-perishable items of food and water plus a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra flashlights and batteries.

This kit should also include:

Copies of prescription medications and medical supplies;

Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows;

Copies of important documents, such as your driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certi!cates, tax records, etc.

Make a Plan 

Prepare Your Family with a Family Emergency Plan

It is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.

It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time, such as work, daycare and school.

If you have a generator, make sure that it is in good working order and that you have adequate fuel on hand.

Plan to Evacuate:

Identify ahead of time where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate area.

Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a friend’s home in another town, a motel or public shelter.

If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.

If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.

Take your Emergency Supply Kit.

Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency.