Preparing for Hurricane Season
Where will you be when a disaster strikes? You may be at work, at home, at school or possibly confined to your home. Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and you may have to evacuate or may be confined to your home.
Be informed, find out about community response plans, evacuation plans, and designated emergency shelters.Ask about emergency plans and procedures that exist in the places you and your family spend time such as work or school.
Find out how local authorities will warn you of a pending storm and how they will provide information to you during and after a disaster. Learn about NOAA Weather Radio and its alerting capabilities (www.noaa.gov)
GATHER INFORMATION BEFORE THE STORM HITS
Meet with your family. Review the community plans. Explain the dangers to children. Be sure to include care-givers in the meeting and planning efforts.
Choose an "out-of-town " contact. Following a disaster family members should call this person and tell them where they are, everyone must know the contact phone number and email address.
Decide where to meet. Choose a location outside of your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.
Complete a Family Communication Plan. Your plan should included contact information for family members, work and school. Your plan should also include information for your out-of-town contact, meeting location, and emergency services. A sample form for recording this information can be found at www.ready.gov or at www.redcross.org/contactcard .
Escape Routes and Safe Places. Be prepared to evacuate on a moments notice. Be sure everyone knows the best escape route.
Plan for those with disabilities and other special needs. Develop a contingency plan that includes an alternate power source for equipment or relocating the person.
Plan for your pets.
Utilities. Know how and when to turn off water, gas and electricity at the main switches or valves and share with your family.
Insurance Coverage. Check to be sure you have adequate insurance. Homeowner's coverage does not cover flood damage. Talk with your agent to insure adequate coverage.
Inventory Home Possessions. Record your belongings, take pictures or video and email it to yourself.
Vital Records and Documents. Vital Records should be kept in a safety deposit box or another safe location.
ASSEMBLE A DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT
Three day supply of non perishable food and manual can opener
Three day supply of water (1 gallon per day per person)
Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit and manual
Sanitation and hygiene items
Matches in waterproof container
Extra clothing and blankets
Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils
Photocopies of ID and credit cards
Cash and coins
Tools, pet supplies, a map
Flashlight, batteries and maps
First Aid kit
White Distress flag
Tire Repair kit
Water and non-perishable foods
Review your plan every six months and quiz your family.
Restock food supplies checking for expiration dates