We don’t have to remind you. By now, we’re sure you (along with the rest of the watching country) are well aware. Hurricane Irma is coming. With dangerous winds and an existing death toll, there’s absolutely no time to play chicken. If you’re in the South Florida area, whether you’re a local or a tourist, and you have to stay put, there are things to know – things that can very well save your life. Board your windows and doors If you live in the area, there’s a chance you’re used to hurricane season and how to protect your beloved home. If you’re a new resident or someone visiting, here’s the basics. Boarding your windows and doors protects you from shattered glass, debris, flying objects, flooding and more. Taping your windows and doors simply won’t do. The more effective method of coverage is using plywood, storm shutters or high impact glass, and remember to protect your garage doors too! Stock up on essentials When your electricity inevitably goes out, you’ll need some essentials to survive. It’s recommended you stock up for at least 3 days per family member, so if there’s three of you, that’s 9 times the supplies. Also remember to account for babies and pets, along with any health needs you have. A few necessary supplies are items like: Bottled water Non-perishable foods Canned meats Packaged juices High-energy foods like nuts, raisins, peanut butter, etc. Powdered or canned milk Rain gear Flashlights Batteries Utility knives Toiletries Extra clothing Go to a storm shelter If you’re visiting and need somewhere to go, this is it! There are several storm shelters open for people seeking refuge from this dangerous and impending storm. Miami Carol City Senior High, 3301 Miami Gardens Drive Miami Central Senior High, 1781 NW 95th Street North Miami Senior High, 13110 NE 8th Avenue South Miami Senior High, 6856 SW 53rd Street Felix Varela Senior High, 15255 SW 96th Street Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center, 10901 Coral Way This center is also gladly accepting pets. Be sure to stay tuned into your local news for any updates and additions to open storm shelters. Hurricane Irma is predicted to reach South Florida by Sunday. Please be safe, Miami.