Are You Ready For Hurricane Season? Find Out Here!

With hurricane season it’s important for us that could potentially be hit by a hurricane be prepared. It’s so important that we thought it was important to dedicate one of our blogs to it. We found this article published by The National Weather Service with important information that you should be aware of and take action on. We hope it helps you be prepared if you are struck with a hurricane!

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From the article:

Plan & Take Action
Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit
Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Help community members do the same.

Emergency Plans
Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

  • Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan – [PDF]
  • Be sure to plan for locations away from home
  • Business owners and site locations should create Workplace Plans
  • Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans
  • Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
  • Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.

Health & Environment
Follow guidelines to guard your community’s health and protect the environment during and after the storm.

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) health considerations before, during, and after a storm.
  • Remember to follow the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) food and water safety guidelines during disasters.
  • Review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggestions for health and environmental safety in disaster preparedness.

Evacuation

  • Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.

When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet…
Be alert for:

  • Tornadoes – they are often spawned by hurricanes.
  • The calm “eye” of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

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Looking to prevent hurricane damage to your home? Checkout this article about preparing your home for a hurricane for busy homeowners that could be of interest to you.
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From the article: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php