Chad T. Wilson – News
June 2, 2023
Updated: June 2, 2023 4:27 p.m.
Hurricane season is here│Tips to keep you and your family safe!
Hurricane Season has officially begun and will finish on November 30th. Make sure you and your family are safe by having a strategy.
– In your home, write down the emergency phone numbers and post them on the refrigerator or close to each phone. Also, program them into your mobile device.
– Prepare a supply kit for emergencies.
– Find the closest shelter and the many routes you can use to travel there from your house.
– Learn how to locate shelters in your area if they haven’t been established before a disaster.
– Pet Owners Determine in advance where you can take your pets in the event of an evacuation, such as pet-friendly hotels, out-of-town friends or relatives, or shelters. If you are asked to leave your house, local animal shelters might be able to advise you on what to do with your pets.
Collect supplies for emergencies
Gather everything you could possibly require. Be sure to prepare the following:
– A store of food and water for emergencies.
– An emergency supply of medication.
– Emergency power sources like flashlights (and additional batteries, of course).
both personal items and safety.
– Important papers, such as wills, passports, and personal identification documents.
– Extinguisher for fires. Make certain that your family is aware of where it is and how to use it.
– Read the recommendations for utilizing fire extinguishers from the National Fire Protection Association.
Understand the distinction between a hurricane “watch” and “warning.”
Check online, on TV, or the radio for National Weather Service advisories. Alerts come in two varieties:
– A hurricane watch indicates that hurricane conditions, defined as sustained winds of 74 mph or more, are possible in the designated area. 48 hours before they anticipate tropical cyclone-force winds (persistent winds of 39 to 73 mph) to begin, meteorologists issue hurricane watches.
– An advisory for a hurricane is more serious. It signifies that a specific area is likely to see hurricane-force winds. To give residents ample time to make preparations for the storm, experts issue these warnings 36 hours before tropical-storm-force winds are anticipated in the area.
– Visit the Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service for further details on hurricane watches and warnings. Upon learning that there is.
Prepare your Vehicle
Before the storm arrives, make sure your car is prepared.
– Fill the gas tank of your car.
– Transport vehicles under cover or into your garage.
– Keep an emergency kit in your car at all times.
– For details on how to get your automobile ready and what to put in your kit, go to Ready.gov.
– If you don’t have a car, think about arranging transportation with friends or family or contacting the authorities if you need to escape.
Prepare your family and pets
– Talk to your family members about your emergency plan.
– Keep monitoring for storm-related developments. Check the internet, watch TV, or listen to the radio.
– Concerning specific needs, contact the hospital, the public health agency, or the police.
– Get guidance on what to do if you or a loved one is elderly or incapacitated and won’t be able to go right away.
– Put agricultural and domestic animals in a secure location. Learn more about keeping pets safe in emergencies.
Prepare your house
– Organize your yard. Check your home for anything that can blow around during the storm and cause damage. Bikes, outdoor furniture, grills, propane tanks, and construction supplies should be moved inside or underneath the cover.
– Lock the doors and windows. To protect your windows, use storm shutters or staple pieces of plywood to the exterior window frames. This can protect you from shards of broken glass.
– Prepare to shut off your electricity. Turn off your power if you notice water, or downed power lines, or if you have to leave your home.
– Drinking water should be placed in clean water containers. This is something you should do in case the storm causes you to lose access to water. You can also restock your bathtub and sinks.
Prepare to evacuate or stay at home
– When officials say to evacuate or stay put, always heed their advice.
– Authorities may issue an order to evacuate (leave your home) if a hurricane is imminent. Never disobey a warning to evacuate. Even strong, well-constructed homes might not withstand a hurricane. Staying at home to preserve your possessions is not worth putting your health and well-being in danger.
– A request to stay at home can be heard. It could be safer to stay home if driving conditions are hazardous.