When a hurricane forms and the trajectory is forecast, everything goes into high gear. Planning and preparing for the next hurricane is something best done ahead of time. Below are some important tips and guidelines that we have collected from FEMA to help you prepare.
Ready.gov is a great place for information on preparing for a future hurricane. Here are some of the tips offered, and we encourage you to visit the site for more details:
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. Follow any evacuation orders that are issued for your location.
- Make an emergency plan. Consider the needs of everyone in your family, especially those that may require special care.
- If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
- Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
- Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
- Gather needed supplies for at least three days in an emergency kit that is easily portable. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
- Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
- Consider how COVID-19 may affect your evacuation plans and your emergency supplies. Adding masks and hand sanitizer to your emergency kit is a great place to start.
FEMA also has an app that you can download that has much of the above information all in one place.
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