|Category||Sustained Winds||Types of Damage Due to Hurricane Winds||Storm Surge|
|1||74-95 mph||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage||4-5 feet|
|2||96-110 mph||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage||6-8 feet|
|3-major||111-129 mph||Devastating damage will occur||9-12 feet|
|4-major||130-156 mph||Catastrophic damage will occur||13-18 feet|
|5-major||156 mph or high||Catastrophic damage will occur||Greater than 18 feet|
- Prescription medications– Examples include: Psychiatric medication, Heart and high blood pressure medication, Insulin, Denture needs, Contact lenses, and supplies.
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives.
- Personal Hygiene Items: Examples include: sanitary napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap/body wash, deodorant.
- Water– one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, needed for drinking and sanitation
- Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; some examples include: canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, dried fruits, cereal, granola bars, soups, canned meats such as salmon, tuna, turkey and chicken.
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit- Examples include: adhesive bandages, sterile dressing, sterile gauze pads, hand sanitizer, gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, cold pack, scissors, tweezers.
- Whistle to signal for help
- Can opener for food
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Cell phone with charger(s)- It is important to make certain your phone’s battery are fully charged before the storm.
- Powdered Milk
- Extra clothing
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
- Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan
- Medications and copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container
- Current photos of you with your pet(s) in case they get lost.
- Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
- Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued for your area.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles, patio furniture, toys, etc.
- Stay indoors
- Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.
- Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.
- Continue listening to the local radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
- Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
- Let friends and family know you’re safe.
- If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Continue listening to the local news for updated information and instructions.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.
Meridian will post any office and/or facility closures in the case of a hurricane or other weather emergency on our website at mbhci.org and on our social media pages @mbhci.Information will also be available at 352-374-5600 via the access center. They will provide up-to-date information regarding our operating hours, closures and status of residential program evacuations.