Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Season is Here: Are You Prepared?

The 2013 Hurricane Season is upon us. Although it's early in the season and development is not likely at this time, it's never too early to start preparations.

Need tips for preparing yourself and your family?
See the tips below to help you prepare and plan. You should have a backup plan in the event your first choice is not able to be carried out.

Before The Storm:

  • Contact local emergency management to gain a "risk assessment" of the area in which you live.
  • Check to see if you have adequate flood insurance.
  • Create a Disaster Plan:
  • Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan.
  • Select your own reliable transportation.
  • Arrange to stay with others in an area not at risk.
  • Make arrangements in advance for pets. They are not allowed in shelters.
  • Select a place to meet family if you are separated and cannot return home.
  • Select a place out-of-state to leave messages for separated family members.
  • Post emergency numbers by telephones.
  • If you evacuate leave a note telling others when you left and where to reach you.

Prepare Your Home:

  • Trim overhanging branches and shrubs.
  • Pre-cut 5/8-inch plywood for your windows if you do not have shutters.
  • Show each family member how to turn off water, gas, and electricity and discuss when it's appropriate to do so.
  • Eliminate fire hazards and secure objects that could cause injury in your home during a disaster.
  • If in a mobile home, check tie downs.
  • Prepare Disaster Supply Kit.

In the event of a disaster, please check back for important updates and phone numbers that will help you plan for your medical care in the event of an evacuation or disaster.