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Get Ready for Hurricane Season

It’s that time again – Hurricane Season. Each year JFS coordinates closely with our county Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to make sure our clients are safe before, during and after a hurricane. While JFS is not a first responder agency, we do have a responsibility to ensure the safety of those we serve. As part of our own hurricane preparations, we annually review our agency’s procedures, identify our most vulnerable clients, and supply them with a hurricane preparedness kit which includes useful information, non-perishables food, flashlights and contact information. After a storm we mobilize the JFS Emergency Response Team (ERT)
and begin contacting our clients and communicating
their needs back to our first responder agencies.

How prepared are you for a storm? Here is a quick Hurricane Supply Checklist for your review:

Medical Supplies

  • Arrange for a one-month supply of all medications including talking to your doctor about how to properly store medication during a power outage
  • Have extra prescription glasses and hearing aid batteries

Food, Water and Related Supplies

  • Gather a 5-7 day supply of non-perishable food items such as canned meats, water, crackers, and energy bars
  • Keep a non-electric can opener handy
  • Store at least one gallon of water per person
  • Several coolers and ice. Consider making "blocks" of ice in advance to use in the coolers when you need them
  • Disposable eating utensils
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels, toilet paper and rubber gloves
  • Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste,
    deodorant, and soap

First Aid/Protective Gear

  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Disinfectant

Other Supplies and Documents

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery operated fan, radio and extra batteries
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Tarp or plastic screening
  • Pillow and blankets
  • Put all important papers such as insurance policies, lists of medications, birth certificates, etc in a waterproof, portable container and store in a safe place
  • Current phone list of family and friends

After a storm, JFS will be posting updates to our main number (561) 852-3333 and we encourage you to contact us if you know of any one who needs help. Let's all have a safe and quiet season.

Photos: Members from Temple Shaarei Kodesh and Congregation B'nai Israel help to package Hurricane Emergency Supply Bags for JFS clients

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