Written by: Andrea De La Cerna
Hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November 30th. September is, by far, the most active month for hurricanes. So, as we begin the month, we should take the time to review our Hurricane plans.
The Calm Before the Storm
The very best time to plan for a hurricane is when thereisn’t one! Basically, know what you need to know before something happens. Review your insurance policies. Ask your insurance agent if you are covered properly for flood and wind damage.
Understand the watches and warnings. A watch means that conditions are favorable for a hazard to occur and a warning means a hazard is imminent. Updates of weather conditions are given on local news or radio stations.
Whether you live in an evacuation area or not, you may have to leave your home. Have a system in place for contacting family members and know where you’ll go if you have to leave. Remember that some evacuation shelters may not allow pets, so have a plan for your animals too. Follow the FEMA Evacuation guidelines and leave immediately if you are ordered to do so.
All Systems Go!
Have on hand your hurricane supplies and stay inside! Most hurricane related injuries are caused by flying debris. While the winds are at their strongest, an interior room with no windows or a basement is the safest place to be. Continue to listen to weather updates and do not leave your home until it is safe. Remember that during this kind of disaster, emergency services may not be able to get to you quickly.
The First 72 are on You
In the days immediately following the storm you may not have electricity or safe drinking water. Remember, emergency services in your area will be working at full capacity. Continue following weather conditions and updates.
You should plan to sustain yourself for at least the first 72 hours as best as you can. Have enough bottled water and non-perishable food on hand. Keep a basic first aid kit and have a car charger for your cell phone and only use it for emergencies.