Beware of Hurricanes
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and early forecasts are predicting another above-average year of storm activity this year! Being prepared will keep your family safe in the even you are faced with disaster.
Make a Plan
It is vital to your household’s safety to have a detailed plan organized ahead of time. Here are some guidelines to have when setting up a plan.
- Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them somewhere visible at all times, as well as programmed into your phone.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit
- Locate the nearest shelter and all the alternate routes you can take from your home.
- Pet owners: pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town person that can accommodate you when your household evacuates.
Gather Emergency Supplies
- Nonperishable food and water
- Medicine supply
- Emergency power sources such as flashlights (and batteries)
- Personal items
- Important documents such as medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identifications
- A fire extinguisher, and make sure your family knows how to use it!
Hurricane Watch vs. Hurricane Warning
A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible in a stated area. Typically, experts announce hurricane watches 48 hours before they expect the winds to start. A hurricane warning is more serious, it means hurricane-force winds are expected in the area. Experts normally issue these in 36 hours in advanced to give people in the area time to prepare for the storm.
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