Hurricane and Emergency Preparation
Hurricane Season runs June 1 through November 30. We should be careful not to let the last couple of years without storms lull us into complacency when it comes to hurricane preparation. Make plans with your family to prepare for a hurricane and other types of emergencies.
Part I: Water, Food, and Supplies
Start by designating an area in your home (a few shelves or plastic storage bins) for emergency food and supplies. Using storage bins will allow the supplies to be easily transported, should you have to leave your residence. Click here for a checklist that includes food, water, tools, gear, and other supplies. Having these items stored together is particularly important for use during an emergency that cannot be forecasted.
Part II: Make a Family Emergency Plan
Creating an emergency plan can protect your family in the event that disaster strikes your community or your home. Start by evaluating potential manmade and natural threats to your community and determining how they could affect your family. Create a plan for each type of emergency and share it with your family members. When creating your family plan, consider the following:
- Identify the safest areas of your home for different types of threats. (Choose a room with no or small exterior openings for windstorms.)
- Plan an escape route from your house and choose a place to meet, such as a neighbor's home. (This is an important part of fire safety.)Designate an out-of-area contact.
- Choosing a friend or family member will give your extended family members and friends one point of contact.
- Use the document checklist on page 3 of the Family Planand keep copies of these important documents in a waterproof, portable container. Make a plan for your pets. Add a three-day supply of food and water for your pet, along with needed medications, to your emergency supplies. Keep your pet's vaccination record with your important documents. Identify friends' or family members' homes or hotels, both locally and out of the area, in case your family must evacuate your home. Pet owners should also locate options that allow pets.
Part III: Important Forms and Documents
If you were evacuated from your house due to a disaster, what phone numbers and documents might be important to have with you? Insurance documents, information on your medication, phone numbers for your doctors, family, and neighbors, and local emergency numbers would be beneficial. Click here for the Family Plan for Disaster & Emergencies to guide you in gathering this important information. This helpful resource provides a checklist of documents that you should make copies of to keep in a waterproof, portable container. The plan also includes a place to write in important phone numbers that you may need during and after an emergency. Use the First Aid checklist to help you prepare a kit for your home and one for each of your vehicles.
Part IV: When a Storm Occurs
If a storm does occur, consider this important information:
- Have a corded phone that does not require electricity to use during a power outage.
- Monitor local media for flood/storm watches, warnings and evacuation announcements.
- If flooding occurs, do not drive through or wade in floodwater. As little as one foot of moving water can move most cars off the road, and just six inches of fast-moving floodwater can sweep a person off his/her feet. Although standing water is tempting for children to play in, it can be unsafe, as it can hide dangerous debris and snakes.
Stop by Public Safety at either the main or east gate to pick up the current Hurricane Guide. Below are some helpful links that may futher prepare you in the event of a hurricane.