PREPARING ~ EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
•Know your hurricane risks by talking to your local emergency management agency.
•Make an emergency plan which includes signing up for alerts
•Make a family communication plan
•Plan shelter options,
•Know your evacuation route.
•Build your basic disaster supplies kit (food, water, flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash and first aid supplies).
•Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans — know where to go and how to get there should the need to get to higher grounds or evacuate.
•Stay tuned every 30 mins to local wireless emergency alerts – tv, radio for weather updates, emergency instructions or evacuation orders. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay at home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
•Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
•Charge you phones to full battery in case you lose power. Keep your car in good working condition, gas tank full, stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
•Pet should also be included on the plan – id tags on your pets’ collar, a week supply of food & water.
•Make a list of all emergency phone numbers
PREPARING YOUR HOME
•Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season, trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep your property safe.
•Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris.
•Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors.
•Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for us during power outages.
•Bring lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds,
•Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside.
•Cover all your home’s windows. Permanent home shutters offer the best protection for windows. Second option is to board up windows with 5/8″ exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
AFTER THE HURRICANE
•Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
•Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
•Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
•Watch out for debris and downed power lines. Six inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of fast moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
•Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
•Photograph the damage to your property as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, groceries and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic.
And lastly do not wait until the last minute to evacuate.