History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster
If you are asked to evacuate, you should do so without delay. But unless you live in a coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing, it is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate. That means that it is important for you and your family to HAVE A PLAN that makes you as safe as possible in your home.
Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention.
Develop a Family Plan:
- Have an out-of-state friend as a contact.
- Make plans now for pets in the event of a hurricane.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phone and make sure your children know how to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage. Many policies do not cover flood damage.
- Stock with non-perishable emergency supplies such as food and batteries.
- Locate a safe room or a safe area in your home to meet.
- Determine your escape routes.
Create a Disaster Supply Kit which should include:
- At least 1 gallon of water daily for each person for 7 days
- Food for 7 days
- Blankets and pillows
- First Aid Kit
- Special Items for babies and elderly
- Flashlights and Batteries
- Important Documents
- Fuel for Vehicles
- Pet Care items
Have a Safe Place to Go
- Talk to friends and relatives about evacuation safe places.
- Do not delay when an evacuation order is given.
- Make reservations at a hotel/motel in advance if unable to stay with friends or family.
Secure your home
- Secure gables and shingles.
- Install metal hurricane straps to your home
- Install impact-resistant shutters over all windows and glass doors.
Have a Pet Plan
- Make sure your pets are vaccinated. Pet shelters require proof of vaccination.
- Have a current photograph of your pet.
- Keep a collar with identification on your pet.
- Don't forget your pet when you evacuate.