Things to do now

 Establish a family emergency plan. Discuss how to prepare for and respond to a hurricane, what to bring if you are evacuated.

 Make an emergency kit that includes a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day), food that won't spoil, a manual can opener, flash- light, portable radio, a phone with a cord, plenty of extra batteries, prescription medicines, valuable documents, cash, bedding, first-aid kit, first-aid manual, change of clothing, an extra set of car keys, and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.

 Make an inventory of possessions. Take pictures or video of each room; in case of damage, the images will help you identify what is lost. Make an additional copy to give to your insurance claims adjuster. Store photos or discs in a secure, dry place where you can retrieve them after the storm.

 Assess your storm preparations. Learn safe routes inland and plan where you'll go if you evacuate.

 Make arrangements for pets. Registration for the two pet-friendly shelters in Miami-Dade and the one in Broward is required and space is limited.

 Obtain and store materials such as hurricane panels or, as a last resort, plywood, to secure your home.

 Consider your roof and the structure of your house and make necessary repairs.

 Remove coconuts and other yard debris.

 Check your fire extinguisher.

 Make arrangements to move your boat to safe harbor or secure it.

 Review your wind- storm, flood and home- owner's insurance policies.

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