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Hurricane Preparation

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Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.

Basic Preparedness Tips:

• If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where to stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

• Have a "go-ready bag" disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, pet food and copies of critical information if you need to evacuate.

• If you are in an area that is advised to evacuate and decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

• Make a family emergency communication plan.

• Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter location.

• Protect your pet (have pet food).

Preparing Your Home:

• Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you are your property safe.

• Secure lose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

• Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including garage doors.

• It is a good idea to have a generator or install a generator for use during power outages. REMEMBER TO KEEP generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

• Bring loose, lightweight objects inside; anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (gas grills, propane tanks), and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on buildings.

• Stockpile emergency protective materials such as plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags.

Within 6-18 Hours of a Hurricane Arriving:

• If ordered to evacuate - EVACUATE

• Make sure you have enough water, food, batteries for several days.

• Inform family and loved ones where you are located.

• Turn on your TV or radio or check your city/county local stations every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

Within 6 Hours of a Hurricane Arriving:

• If ordered to evacuate - EVACUATE

• Close storm shutters and stay away from windows and doors.

• Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Check thermometer in the refrigerator when power is restored.

• Turn on your TV or radio or check your city/county local stations every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

During the Hurricane:

• Stay away from windows and seek shelter on the lowest level in an interior room.

• Move to higher ground if there is flooding or a flood warning.

• Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through water.

• Call 911 if you are in life threatening danger.

After the Hurricane:

• Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

• Check-in with family and friends

• ONLY return home when authorities indicate it is safe.

• Watch for debris, trees, poles and downed power lines.

• Avoid walking or driving through flood water.

• Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.

• Do not drink tap water unless authorities say it is safe.

• Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

• Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property.

• Throw out any food including canned items that were not maintained at a proper temperature or have been exposed to floodwaters. Do not eat food from flooded garden. "When in doubt, throw it out!"

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