Be Prepared for Hurricane Matthew


Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for all of Florida as Hurricane Matthew threatened to wreak havoc on the East Coast later in the week.

Hurricane Matthew was southeast of Jamaica on Monday but was predicted to head north and likely produce “devastating impacts from storm surge, extreme winds, heavy rains, flash floods, and/or mudslides in portions of the watch and warning areas in Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas,” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

While the path remains unclear as the storm goes further north, the Hurricane Center said direct hurricane impacts are possible in Florida later in the week.

Our Florida Hurricane & Storm Damage Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to be prepared for Hurricane Matthew. We urge you to read through the following and make sure you and your family are properly outfitted with supplies in case of an emergency.

Have a 3-7 day supply of each item for every person in your home:


  • 1 gallon of water per person per day stored in clean plastic containers


Purchase foods that require no refrigeration and little preparation, such as:

  • Ready-to-eat canned food
  • Canned juices, milk, soup
  • Snacks like cookies, cereals, etc.
  • Soft drinks, instant coffee, tea
  • Lots of ice – so you can freeze your water supply!

For Baby

  • Formula, bottles, powdered milk, jarred baby foods
  • Diapers, moist towelettes and special medications


  • Newspapers or cat litter
  • Canned or Dry Food
  • Plastic sheets to cover floor of pet’s room


  • First aid kit
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Aspirin, non-aspirin pain reliever, antacid
  • Extra prescription medication  – ask your physician how to store prescription medication
  • Personal Items
  • Toilet paper, towels, soap, shampoo
  • Personal and feminine hygiene products
  • Denture needs, contact lenses and an extra pair of eyeglasses

Other Supplies

  • Battery-operated radio, flashlights, non-electric can opener, extra batteries
  • ABC-rated fire extinguisher in a small canister
  • Portable cooler
  • Plenty of absorbent towels, plastic trash bags
  • Wind-up or battery-operated clock
  • Tarp or sheet plastic, duct tape, hammer and nails for temporary roof repairs
  • Cleaning supplies such as chlorine bleach
  • Aluminum foil, paper napkins and plates, plastic cups
  • Can of spray paint – this can be used to identify your home by insurance adjusters in case it’s damaged
  • At least one change of clothing per person, sturdy shoes, hat and work gloves
  • Pillows and blankets or sleeping bags

Our Florida Hurricane & Storm Damage Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to get through a hurricane or tropical storm safely. Please make sure you and your family’s safety is given priority. After a hurricane or storm, we can help guide you through filing a claim for damages.

Your consultation with us is always free, so call us at 866-608-5529 to get the legal help you need right away or contact us online.

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