Hurricane season is approaching! Are you ready?
Before a hurricane is expected to make landfall, make sure your family has a disaster plan in place. Including locating evacuation shelters, finding the most secure place to shelter in your home, identifying outdoor items that should be brought inside, and gathering supplies.
Hurricane season begins June 1, 2021.
Preparing a family disaster supply kit will be very useful as well. This kit should include items such as:
• non-perishable food (at least a three-day supply)
• a first aid kit
• prescription and over the counter medications
• important family documents
• extra food and water for pets
• cellphone with charger
FEMA recommends that there be one gallon of water per person, per day included in the kit and to prepare for several days. By preparing well before a storm is expected to hit, you can avoid long lines and large crowds.
During a hurricane, stay inside and in the most secure area in your home designated by your family disaster plan. Avoid using candles as a light source and use flashlights instead. If you are using a generator, make sure that the generator is in an adequate ventilation area. Also, be aware of the eye of the storm. While the eye of the storm may provide a calm moment to wander outside, do not leave your secure area since the worst of the storm is probably yet to come.
After a storm, remain inside your shelter and listen for news and weather updates. Even after the storm has passed, there are still many dangers to be aware of; one of the most life-threatening dangers is downed powerlines. In many cases, downed powerlines are hard to identify as they are usually buried underneath other debris. Downed powerlines can electrically charge materials around them as well as electrically charge-standing water.