It is currently Sat May 18, 2013 9:19 am
ARE YOU PREPARED?
A Guide for Hurricane Preparedness
Think ahead about what you will do in case of a hurricane. Determine with your family when and how you will evacuate the city. Plan in advance where you will go, how you will get there and supplies you will take.
Rental and flood insurance
Develop an emergency communication plan
Hurricane Preparation Kit
Secure your property
Computers & electronics
Protect important documents
Gas up your vehicle
Have cash on hand
Remain vigilant throughout the storm period. Read your newspaper and listen to the radio and television for official announcements and current weather reports.
Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
Tell someone outside of the storm area (a family member or friend) where you are going.
Take your pre-assembled Hurricane Preparation Kit plus: a change of clothing, sturdy shoes, toiletries, blankets and pillows, utensils, cash, photo identification, books and games.
Consider the following shelter options for evacuating the city:
Stay indoors and away from all windows and glassed areas, preferably in an interior room with no windows, hallway or closet. Remain calm.
Listen for continuing weather bulletins and official reports. Follow all officially issued instructions.
Use your telephone only during an emergency.
Beware of the "eye of the hurricane." A lull in the wind is not an indication that a storm has passed. Remain indoors, unless emergency repairs are necessary. Exercise caution. Winds may resume suddenly, in the opposite direction and with greater force than before. Note: If you are stranded, signal for help by waving a flashlight at night or a white cloth during the day.
AFTER THE STORM
Listen to local news media for up-to-the-minute information regarding medical help, food programs and general assistance. Stay where you are if it is safe until authorities give the "all-clear."
Keep away from fallen wires. Report location of such wires to the utility company
Inspect your utility systems and report any potentially dangerous hazards. If you detect gas:
Water not stored before flooding should be boiled for 3 to 5 minutes or treated with purification tablets. An official public announcement will proclaim tap water "safe."
Check refrigerated foods for spoilage before consuming.
Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home. Dispose of all carpeting, mattresses, pillows and cushions that have been in floodwaters.
Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents, to file with your insurance company. Secure all belongings against further damage or theft.
Contact relatives as soon as possible.
If returning from evacuation or shelter, enter your home with caution.
Beware of snakes, insects and animals driven to higher ground by floodwater.