Emergency Preparedness: Hurricane Season
Don’t get caught unprepared for hurricanes, which are large tropical storms with high-powered circular winds. You can get a head start by purchasing emergency supplies in early summer. If you live in a low-lying area, check with your city or county emergency management office for evacuation routes. You may need to take an unfamiliar route if major roads are closed or congested, so keep a map with you.
When a Storm Approaches
- Have recommended emergency supplies ready.
- Monitor weather reports on your local news channel.
- Store enough drinking water to last several days.
- Bring your pets inside.
- Clear your yard of any loose or unsecured objects, including bicycles, lawn furniture, and trash cans.
- Tape or board windows to reduce the risk of broken glass.
- Get extra cash. ATMs may be out of service following a severe storm.
- Keep your car fueled and ready to go. Check the oil, water, and battery.
- Leave your home if you are advised to evacuate.
If You Must Evacuate
- Pack the supplies you’ll need (see emergency checklist below).
- Move valuable items you’re unable to take with you to a safe place.
- Contact friends and relatives to let them know where you’re going.
- Bring a map. You may need to take alternate or unfamiliar routes if roads are closed.
- Take insurance policies and a valid ID that shows your home address. You may need ID to return to your neighborhood.
- Lock windows and doors.
- Do not attempt to cross flooded roads or creek beds.
If a Hurricane Hits
If a hurricane hits while you’re at home, go to a small, windowless interior room or closet that has strong structural support. Stay away from windows and outside walls. Remain there until the storm has completely passed. Do not be fooled by the “eye” of the hurricane. The “eye” is the calm center and generally the other side of the storm that strikes with great force.
Emergency Supply Checklist
- Candles and matches
- Bottled water, electrolyte drinks, and a cooler
- First-aid kit, prescription medications, and infusion supplies
- Protective clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
- Sterno, charcoal briquettes, and lighter fluid
- Non-perishable food items and manual can opener
- Flashlight, battery-operated radio, and a two-week supply of batteries
- Hammer, nails, masking tape, plywood, and plastic for quick home repairs
After the Storm
- Leave the house only when absolutely safe to leave.
- Stay away from low-hanging or downed power lines. Report them immediately if possible. Contact with a live power line can result in serious injury or death.
- Avoid driving. Roads should be left clear for emergency vehicles.
- Beware of snakes, insects, or animals driven to higher ground by flooding.
- If you evacuated your home, re-enter it with caution. Use a flashlight to look around, and don’t strike a match until you are certain there are no breaks in your gas line.
- Assess and photograph damage to your home and its contents.
- Notify your insurance agent of any losses incurred and leave word where you can be reached.
- Make temporary repairs to correct any safety hazards or minimize further damage.
- Be patient. Cleanup is a team effort involving numerous local, state, and federal agencies.
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In the event of an emergency, call 911.
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