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Hurricane Season is Near

Did you know that hurricane season starts on June 1st and goes to the end of November? Are you ready? Is your family ready?

Plan ahead:

  • Home emergency supplies
    • Water – one gallon per person per day
    • Food supplies
    • Non electric can opener
    • Portable battery powered radio
    • Additional batteries
  • Make a plan for your family
    • Child Care
    • Elder care
    • Pet care – food, a crate to carry pet (if possible)
  • Make plans to check on the elderly and disabled in your neighborhood
  • If you need to evacuate – have a plan in place
    • Have a full tank of gas in your truck or car
    • Have road maps – you may be on unfamiliar roads
    • If separated from your family, have a pre-arranged meeting place
    • If possible, have a place to evacuate to, i.e. – relative or friends
    • Per plan several evacuation routes – the main route may be blocked or flooded
  • Have an emergency supply kit to take with you, to include:
    • Medications
    • Clothing
    • Important papers and phone numbers
    • Non perishable food
    • Additional water

During a storm:

  • Stay tuned to radio and televisions for official weather information and local directions
  • Follow instructions given by local and state emergency officials
  • Turn your refrigerator to the maximum cold setting – this will help keep your food cold longer if there is a power failure
  • Fill bathtub and other containers with additional water

Listed below are tips and resources that you can use to be prepared.
Plan ahead:

Other useful links:

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html
http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm076881.htm
http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use
http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/portable-generators/generator-safety-tips
http://m.fema.gov/during-hurricane
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm064572.htm

 

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