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In the event of such an emergency, local officials will advise you to "shelter in place." This means you should remain inside your home or office or wherever you are and protect yourself there.
- Close garage
doors in attached garages. Close
any exterior doors.
- Close and lock
all windows and interior
- Turn off all
fans, heating and air conditioning
- Close the fireplace
- Get your disaster
supplies kit, and make sure the
radio is working.
to an interior
room without windows that's above
ground level. In case of a
threat, an above-ground location is
preferable because some
are heavier than air and may seep
into basements even if the
are closed. Using duct tape, seal
all cracks around the door and
vents into the room.
- Continue listening
to your radio or television until
you are told all is safe or you
are told to evacuate. Local
officials may call for evacuation in
areas at greater risk in your
YOU NEED TO THINK OF THIS AS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO-DO LIST YOU WILL EVER TAKE ON. Officials tell us that in the event of a disaster we need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 3 to 5 days, ideally 14 days. We hope none of us ever has to face a major hurricane, flood or terrorist attack. BUT just in case, it's our responsibility to be ready. Remember it will be easy to do these things now. It will be almost impossible after the fact.
Laminated copies of this list are located in area libraries.Be sure to include your pets in your disaster plan. Many emergency shelters and hotels will not accept animals. Prepare ahead of time and have a place for your animals during emergencies.
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on Sheltering in Place:
The Best Defense Against Severe Storms and
Release Date: June 5, 2008
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Whether it’s one storm or three, being prepared is better than the alternative. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, emergency managers are encouraging residents to prepare to be self-sufficient for at least 3 days and maybe for up to two weeks.
NOW is the time to evaluate and update your family preparedness plan and supplies. Are the batteries fresh? Are cell phone numbers and email addresses current? Review or take a class in first aid or disaster response.
Planning can make a difference not only in your life but in the lives around you.
Check out these safety tips:
BEFORE THE STORM
- If you live in a flood-prone area,
identify where to go if you are
told to evacuate and the safest
route to get there. If there is a
flood, you may only have minutes to
get to safety. Choose several
a friend's home in another town, a
motel or a shelter. Remember,
public shelters and many motels
don't allow pets in their
- Get ready for a possible power
outage by gathering a minimum
supply of foods that don't require
refrigeration or cooking,
such as canned goods, as well as
bottled water, flashlights with
extra batteries, a first-aid kit
and battery-powered radio. If you
evacuate, make sure you can
consolidate these items into a portable
like a backpack or duffel bag.
- Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio for
National Weather Service reports
and severe weather warnings.
- Cut dead trees and limbs that
could fall on your home.
- If your home or business is in
a flood-prone area, make sure
have a current flood insurance policy
(not typically part of a
insurance policy). A 30-day
waiting period is generally required
purchase flood insurance, so take
time now to visit your
agent to learn more.
- Take pictures of your property before the storm to help validate your claim and remember to take your policies with you if you need to evacuate.
WHEN A HURRICANE IS APPROACHING
- Listen to your local radio and TV stations
for updated storm information.
A hurricane or flood watch means
possible danger. If the danger
increases, a hurricane or flood
warning will be issued.
- If you have space in your
refrigerator or freezer, consider
plastic containers with water,
leaving about an inch of space
each one. (Remember, water
expands as it freezes, so it is
to leave room in the container
for the expanded water.) Place
containers in the refrigerator and
freezer. This chilled or frozen
help keep food cold for several
hours if the power goes out.
- Fill your bathtub with water
to use for toilet flushing in
services are unavailable
following the storm.
- Bring in garbage cans, lawn
furniture and other items that
- Fill your car's gas tank. Functional gas stations will be in short supply in a power outage.
IF HEAVY RAINS OCCUR
- Be aware that floods are deceptive. Avoid
that are above your knees are
dangerous. Turn around and go back
- If you find floodwaters on the
road while driving, turn around
find an alternate route. The road
could be washed out and rapidly
water could lift your car and
carry it away.
AFTER THE STORM
- Listen to your local radio stations for
official disaster relief
- Prepare to be without power,
telephone or any outside
a week or more.
- Watch out for downed power
lines, weakened structures,
snakes, and avoid standing
- Avoid drinking tap water
unless officials say it is safe to
Eat only foods you are
absolutely sure are safe.
- Be extra careful when
handling power tools, gas lanterns and
- Operate generators outdoors
only in a well-ventilated, dry
from air intakes to the home.
Never use a generator indoors or
garages. Poor ventilation can
result in carbon monoxide
- Avoid using candles as a light source. Deadly fires can result.