HURRICANE SEASON RUNS FROM June through November. Unlike tornadoes and earthquakes, these powerful storms can be forecast several days ahead of landfall, which allows time to prepare before they arrive. Follow this hurricane preparation guide to help your friends and family remain safe during hurricane season!
For safety before a hurricane strikes:
- Contact your local emergency management agency for up-to-date information on the storm, including storm category and track, and expected rainfall amounts.
- Have a plan in place for where you will go if required to evacuate, the route you will take and how others can contact you.
- Throughout hurricane season, keep your car’s tank full or as close to full as possible.
- Assemble a “hurricane storm pack” with essential items such as cash, medications, important documents, portable electronics and batteries, simple toiletries, spare clothes, and snacks and water.
- Plan for family members who are elderly, young or have special health care needs.
- Prepare a hurricane emergency kit for your pets and a plan for how to care for them when you are on the road and in a shelter or motel. Do not leave your pets behind.
- Board up windows and doors against the storm, secure loose items like patio furniture, and remove tree limbs that could fall on your home during or after the hurricane.
- Follow the direction of local officials about whether to turn off gas and electricity before evacuating to safety from a storm.
If you choose to stay home & ‘ride out’ a hurricane:
- Listen for warning sirens, stay away from windows and exterior doors, and seek shelter in a bathroom or basement.
- If possible, listen to the radio or TV for information regarding hurricane track, immediate outside conditions and additional safety measures you might need to take.
- Again, follow the direction of local officials and turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
- Stay indoors until authorities announce that it’s safe to go outside.
After a hurricane passes:
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to police and GVEC.
- To avoid flooded roads after a hurricane, drive only if absolutely necessary. Watch out for fallen objects, weakened walls, bridges or sidewalks.
- Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds or similar areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas.
- To limit mold contact during cleanup after the storm, use personal protective equipment, including a respirator, gloves and goggles.
- Have a licensed professional inspect your outlets, wiring and appliances to determine whether they should be reconditioned or replaced before use.
- Even if your HVAC system is deemed operational, do not run it if you suspect it’s been contaminated by mold.
When should you start preparing for the 2018 hurricane season? Now!
Now is the time to start preparing for the 2018 hurricane season! With some thought and careful planning, you can save yourself and your family a great deal of anxiety and stress the next time a storm strikes.