Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015

 

May 24th-30th is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15th and the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st. Both storm seasons last all summer through the end of November. We here at Fire Safety Education would like to help everyone be prepared in the event of a storm. Hurricanes are one of the most destructive natural forces on earth and can produce severe thunderstorms, violent winds, tornadoes, torrential rains, flooding, and incredibly high waves or storm surge. Hurricanes in the Eastern Pacific are capable of coming ashore anywhere on the west coast and Atlantic hurricanes are capable of striking anywhere from Texas to Florida to Maine.

Protect your loved ones his hurricane season with these helpful hurricane preparedness tips…

 

Before the Storm

 

Develop a Family Disaster Plan. Talk about the types of potential hazards and the vulnerability of your home to storm surge, flooding and wind.

If evacuation is not mandatory and you choose to ride out the storm, identify the safest place in your home as the Safe Room. The safest place might be a community shelter, hotel or friend’s home away from the affected area.

Map out the best escape routes from your home and pick a safe, close location where everyone in your family will meet.

Select an out-of-state friend to serve as a single point of contact and make sure everyone in your family has this number.

Many shelters won’t allow pets, so plan for their safety if you must evacuate.

To secure your home and possessions, you should:

Install permanent storm shutters on windows or attach 5/8” marine plywood. The use of tape on windows is not effective.

Install straps or clips between the roof and the framing to minimize damage.

Secure all outside furniture and fixtures.

Prune or trim trees and shrubs surrounding your home.

Clear gutters and downspouts of debris.

 

Create a Disaster Supply Kit. Include the following:

Nonperishable emergency food supplies for three days

Drinking water for each family member for three days (one gallon per person per day)

Battery operated flashlights and a radio

A first-aid kit and prescription medications

A change of clothing and shoes for each family member

Any special items for infants or the elderly

 

For more information on National Hurricane Preparedness Week, be sure to visit the National Hurricane Center (via the National Weather Service) at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Help inform, educate, and protect your community with these helpful hurricane preparedness products from Fire Safety Education:

 

Planning Ahead: Hurricanes Pamphlet

Planning Ahead: Flooding Pamphlet

Planning Ahead: Severe Weather Pamphlet

Planning Ahead: Natural Disasters Value Pak

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