Understanding Your Bill

DEMCO wants you to be prepared in any case of an emergency. Due to where we live, often times hurricane season can be referred to as our "emergency season." This checklist provided by the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is a great resource for emergency preparations. More information can be found at

Be sure to keep these items during "emergency season":

  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water (at least three gallons per person)
  • Battery-powered lantern
  • First aid kit and essential medications, prescription medications and list of medications for each person
  • Form of Identification
  • Evacuation route maps
  • Canned food and non-electric can opener
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • High energy foods - peanut butter, jelly, crackers, etc.
  • Vitamins
  • Utility knife, shut off wrench and pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Paper and pencils
  • Extra pair of glasses and sunglasses
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Soap
  • Personal items
  • Plastic garbage bag and ties
  • Pet food
  • Protective clothing, rainwear
  • Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes, footwear and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's home)
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
  • Important papers to take with you in a portable, waterproof container:
    • Driver's license or personal identification
    • Social Security card
    • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
    • Insurance policies
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
    • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns