The NOAA predicts above normal Hurricane Season, predicting 8 to 14 hurricanes during the 2010 hurricane season. Knowing that several of our locations are on or near the Gulf Coast we at Bayway Homes thought we’d share these preparedness tips.

Water – Store one gallon of water per person per day (two quarters for drinking, two quarts for food preparation/sanitation). Keep at least a three-day supply of water for each person in your household.

Food – Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; Canned juices, milk, soup; Staples: sugar, salt, pepper; High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix; Vitamins; Food for infants, elderly persons or persons on special diets; Comfort/Stress Foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags

Tools and Supplies – Mess kits, or paper cups, plates and plastic utensils; Emergency preparedness manual; Battery-operated radio and extra batteries; Flashlight and extra batteries; Cash or traveler’s checks, change; Non-electric can opener, utility knife; Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type; Tube tent, pliers, tape, compass, matches in a waterproof container,aluminum foil, plastic storage containers, signal flare, paper, pencil, needles, thread and medicine dropper, shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water), whistle, plastic sheeting and map of area (for locating shelters); Fully charged cell phone and extra batteries.

Sanitation – Toilet paper, towelettes, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses), plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant and household chlorine bleach.

Clothing and bedding- Sturdy shoes or work boots and rain gear; Hat and gloves, thermal underwear and sunglasses; Blankets or sleeping bags.

Special items – For baby: Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk and medications. For adults: Heart and high-blood pressure medication, insulin, prescription drugs, denture needs, contact lenses and supplies, extra eyeglasses, entertainment games and books and important family documents. Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds; Passports, Social Security cards, immunization records; Bank account numbers and companies, credit card account numbers and companies. Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers; Family records.

Having lived all my life on the Gulf Coast I have experienced many hurricanes. I know that if you follow these life saving tips you will be one step ahead in keeping you families safe. Have a safe summer, we care about you and come visit us at Bayway Homes.


Richard Garcia – 832-877-6311