Hurricane Safety and Preparation Tips

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Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit. Include in the kit:

  • Flashlight, matches, candles (and extra batteries).
  • First Aid Kit (band aids, prescription medication, aspirin).
  • Food (store foods that do not need to be cooked or refrigerated).
  • Water (store in plastic jugs-1 gallon per person per day).
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A change of clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, and rain gear.

Flooding can begin before a hurricane nears land. Evacuate early-when you are advised to leave. Move your most valuable possessions that you leave to higher points within your home.

If you live in a mobile home, check tie-downs and leave immediately for a safer place.

If you stay at home….stay indoors in an inside room. Don't mistakenly go out during the brief calm when the eye passes through. Winds can end suddenly, return from the opposite direction and increase in seconds to 75 mph or more.

Prepare for high winds. Brace your garage door, lower antennas, board up large windows, anchor outside objects and stay away from exposed doors and windows.

Keep important papers with you at all times. This includes:

  • Driver's license and other identification.
  • Insurance policies.
  • Property inventory.
  • Important medical information.

If you have been evacuated, do not return until recommended by local authorities.

After the hurricane - beware of outdoor hazards such as dangling power lines and debris filled streets. Be aware that washouts may have damaged bridges and roads and wind may have damaged structures.

Be patient. Power restoration and clean-up will be coordinated through various local and state agencies. Listen to your local radio and cable stations for information and telephones numbers where you can call if you need assistance. Remember that you are not the only one that has been affected and hardship cases may take precedent. Recovery from a major hurricane takes a team effort and work will begin immediately to assist you and your family.

DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY!

IF YOU HAVE A POWER OUTAGE-CALL THE NUMBER LISTED IN THE TELEPHONE BOOK.

 
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Last Updated: June 12, 2002