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Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

Disaster Planning for YOU!

Climate scientists are suggesting that extreme weather like severe hurricanes and droughts are now the new normal for the United States (Huffington Post). Nine out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in their lifetime, yet 56 percent say they aren’t prepared (National Geographic Channel).

 I find disaster statistics something to pay attention to – we can change this problem. This book is well laid out, with a spiral binding, easy to update, with guides and spaces to put all your important information in one place. Do this for your family. Disasters do happen – look at Oklahoma and Colorado and so much flooding and fires. Let’s take care of ourselves.

My Son is a Firefighter, My Daughter lives in FL. Even for me, living in California helps you understand what CAN happen, but we can survive if we are prepared. Sometimes its simple stuff, sometimes it is a Plan/practice. I feel strongly about preparedness. I have received CERT Community Emergency Response Training for San Mateo County. This is serious stuff, and it can save your life.  — the editor

The increase in earthquakes, terrible storms, and political unrest in recent years has forced everyone to reevaluate their preparedness and place urgency on being ready for future disasters. The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer: All the Grab-and-Go Survival Information You Need by Walter Jacob Mullin (F+W/Adams Media, October 2013) is the only organizer that safely secures critical personal information during disasters.

While having a bug-out bag and stocking up on the essentials is a great way to prepare, readers will also need an all-in-one place to store the information that will help them survive a crisis.
With The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer, you can ease your mind knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to prepare your family for any emergency that may come your way.

From financial accounts and insurance policies to their family’s blood types and medical history, The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer will give readers plenty of space to record the details that matter most in their day-to-day lives.

Disaster Preppers book

Complete with a pocket for important documents, and tips for living off the grid, this book will reassure them that they truly have all the information they need:

  • First aid
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Supply lists
  • Emergency contacts

Walter Jacob Mullin (West Linn, OR) lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. He never leaves home without an LED flashlight. Which is a good idea, along with putting an old pair of tennis shoes in your car trunk!! Be Prepared. Just like the Boy Scouts of America!

P.S.  If you are interested in CERT and live in San Mateo County: contact San Mateo City CERT at sanmateocacert.samariteam.com

And if you are inspired to work on planning in your community, look at TEAM RUBICON.