HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: We're only two days aways from the start of hurricane season. Even if you live 100-200 miles inland, hurricanes and tropical storms can still have a significant impact on your area.
Here’s how you can prepare to stay safe:
1. Stay Informed
Monitor Weather Updates: Keep an eye on reliable weather sources like the National Hurricane Center, local news, and weather apps.
Know the Alerts: Understand the difference between a hurricane watch (conditions possible) and a hurricane warning (conditions expected).
2. Create an Emergency Plan
Family Communication: Establish a communication plan with your family. Know how to contact each other and where to meet if separated.
Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities and nearby shelters.
3. Prepare Your Home
Secure Property: Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, and anything that can be picked up by the wind. Secure loose objects around your property.
Protect Windows: Consider using storm shutters or plywood to protect windows from flying debris.
Check Gutters: Clean out gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage from heavy rain.
4. Assemble an Emergency Kit
Essential Supplies: Stock up on water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days), non-perishable food, medications, and hygiene items.
Tools and Equipment: Include a flashlight, extra batteries, a multi-tool, and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
Important Documents: Keep copies of important documents (identification, insurance policies, medical records) in a waterproof container.
5. Prepare for Power Outages
Backup Power: Consider having a generator and ensure it is in good working order. Follow safety guidelines when using it.
Charge Devices: Keep your mobile phones and other necessary electronic devices fully charged.
6. Flood Preparedness
Know Your Risk: Check if you live in a flood-prone area and learn your flood risk.
Flood Insurance: Consider purchasing flood insurance if you don’t already have it.
Protect Valuables: Move valuable items to higher levels in your home and keep important documents in a waterproof container.
7. Health and Safety
First Aid Kit: Have a fully stocked first aid kit and know basic first aid procedures.
Medications: Ensure you have an adequate supply of necessary medications and a list of any medical conditions or allergies.
8. Help Your Community
Check on Neighbors: Assist elderly or disabled neighbors with their preparations.
Share Information: Spread the word about hurricane preparedness to friends and family.
Being inland doesn’t mean you’re out of harm’s way. High winds, heavy rains, flooding, and power outages can still affect you. Preparing now can make all the difference in keeping you and your loved ones safe.
For more information and updates, visit Ready.gov or your local emergency management agency.
Stay safe, stay informed, and take action now to protect yourself and your loved ones during hurricane season!