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Hurricane Irma Update and Safety Checklist

Have a planned evacuation route in case the storm hits the Gulf Coast.

Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida over the weekend, as Hurricane Irma’s predicted track continues toward the sunshine state. That means it’s time to start prepping your hurricane safety checklist now.

Although the eye of the storm is predicted to make landfall toward the southern tip of Florida, then possibly move eastward up the Atlantic coast, Governor Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire state. This is due to Hurricane Irma’s breadth, which shows the rainfall and heavy winds affecting even the panhandle area.

Although we’re hoping for the best for everyone in Irma’s path, we want all of our locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast to be prepared.
So here’s what you need to stock up on before Hurricane Irma makes landfall.
Household Supplies
Flashlight
Batteries
Candles
Matches
First Aid Kit
Duct Tape
Plastic Trash Bags
Scissors
Can Opener (manual)
Gasoline
Waterproof containers
Food Items
Coolers (two: one for drinks/one for food)
Canned goods
Bottled Water
Medicine and First Aid Items
Sunscreen
Soap
Prescriptions
Over the counter medications
Hygiene items
Antiseptic Rinse
Bandages
Adhesive Tape
Pet Supplies
Crate
Collar/Harness
ID tags
non-perishable food
Prescriptions
Litter/Litterbox
Favorite toys
Anxiety Blanket
According to The Washington Post, Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5, with winds reaching 175 miles per hour. The Post stated, “Florida and the Gulf Coast continue to be at risk. The East Coast, including the Carolinas and the Delmarva Peninsula, are also potential candidates for landfall — or, at the very least, heavy rain, strong winds and coastal flooding.” Planning ahead, however, and having a family emergency plan can help keep everyone in Destin, and the surrounding areas, as safe as possible.

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