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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

Storm tracking – Hurricanes

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.

Recommended Actions:

  • Review the Emergency guides particular to your area. There are some here Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov site
  • Ensure that your contact numbers  are up to date for school & work and completed with emergency contacts.
  • More information on Disaster Planning here.
  • Program your phone with emergency numbers for your area.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials and (especially in hurricane-prone areas) monitor local conditions regularly.
  • Get free training from the CERT (Community Emergency Response Teaam) groups in your area.

Storm tracking

Check the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross websites for other storm-related news, and review resources such as the Red Cross Flood Safety Checklist (PDF).

Thinking of New Orleans

My daughter just moved to New Orleans. As an avid fly-fisher, this is a great water filled world for her. It is also the 5th anniversary of Katrina, so watching the news coverage from a few years ago, makes me think of the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared.

Hurricane readiness

Hurricanes can cause physical destruction and distress to those whose lives and homes lie in the storm’s path. People living near coastlines, in particular, can feel overwhelmed by worry and uncertainty when hearing news about large storms that may develop into hurricanes. Taking practical steps to prepare physically can also help manage some of those anxieties and fears.

Chris Terzich, is an expert in preparation, management and recovery from events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, severe weather, power outages, and wildfires. He has this to say:

“The key to preparedness is awareness. Know the risk in your community and know where you will get information you trust during an emergency,” Terzich said. “Social and news media are very quick with information, but often lack accuracy or context. When you know and trust your source of information, don’t hesitate or delay when it’s time to take emergency action.”

Physical preparation

Write a personal disaster plan and review it regularly. Gather basic medical supplies, light sticks, flashlights, safety tools, and powered radios and additional standard supplies to have on hand. There are many companies that stock supplies and make easy to grab backpacks with basic disaster supplies.  CERT teams (Community Emergency Response) have lists of supplies and offer free training around the United States.

Stay up-to-date on storm information from local news and other reliable sources to help determine if you’re in danger. Try to anticipate where the storm is predicted to hit, where the storm surge is expected, and how far reaching the storm is. If possible, check updates and information on the National Hurricane Center and the Red Cross websites.

Make sure you have emergency phone numbers, links to resources in YOUR AREA, including neighbors and evacuation routes mapped out, as well as additional information on company emergency and security procedures.

Emotional help & Getting involved

Pay attention to the emotional side of approaching storms by both extending support to others and being willing to reach out for help yourself.

Helping others can soothe your own uncertainties. Assist loved ones, coworkers and neighbors by exchanging emergency contact information, helping to “flood-proof” their homes, or simply by listening and offering kind words of support during uncertain times. Be especially aware of how an impending storm can affect children and seniors.