... Public information statement...
This week is hurricane preparedness week for 2015.
All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season. Each day we
will cover a different topic. Today we will talk about making a plan
and being prepared.
Part of being prepared is knowing how to find the best hurricane
information and forecasts. All National Hurricane Center forecasts
and warnings can be found online at http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov. Local
forecasts and warnings provided by your local National Weather
Service can be found at http://weather.Gov. You can keep up with all
the latest forecast and warnings from Mobile devices by going to
http://Mobile.Weather.Gov. The National hurricane centers Mobile
website is http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov/Mobile.
Preventing the loss of life and minimizing the damage to property
from hurricanes are responsibilities that are shared by everyone.
Any time you are asked to evacuate... you should do so without delay.
But unless you live in a coastal area... in a low-lying area... an
area that floods frequently... or in a Mobile homeit is unlikely
that you will be asked to evacuate. That means it is important for
you and your family to have a plan that makes you as safe as
possible in your home. Disaster prevention includes modifying your
homes landscaping to limit the threat from falling trees and
strengthening your home from within against storms. Preparedness
also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm.
Develop a simple family plan - your family's plan should be based on
your vulnerability to hurricane hazards including high
wind... flooding... tornadoes... and falling trees. In a disaster you
should plan to be able to provide for yourself and your family for 5
days without utility services or outside aid. Share your plan with
others in your family. Locate the safest areas in your home for each
hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest area may not
be your home but within your community. Determine escape routes from
your home and places to meet outside the home should you have to
evacuate quickly. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact
who knows your plan and where you will go during a disaster... so all
your family members have a single Point of contact. Make a plan now
for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Check your
insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by
homeowners insurance. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a
disaster supply kit. To make developing your family emergency plan
easy, be sure to download a free template that is available online
Create a disaster supply kit - there are certain items you need to
have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. Important items
for your kit include: water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for
3 to 7 days. Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days non-perishable
packaged or canned food and juices. Include foods for infants or the
elderly as well as snack foods. Non-electric can opener in a must
along with cooking tools... fuel... paper plates and plastic utensils.
Blankets and pillows clothing - seasonal clothes along with rain
gear and sturdy shoes. First aid kit including medicines and
prescription drugs. Special items for babies and the elderly.
Toiletries and Hygiene items along with moisture and disinfectant
wipes. Flashlights and batteries. Radio - battery operated and NOAA
Weather Radio. Cash primarily in the form of small bills. Important
documents kept in a Waterproof container or watertight re-sealable
plastic bag or box including insurance... medical records... bank
account numbers... social security cards... and so on. Tools - keep a
set with you during the storm. Vehicle fuel tanks filled. Pet care
items including proper identification... immunization
records... medications... ample supply of food... water and a Carrier
Secure your home - there are things that you can do to make your
home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms. Be sure to
secure loose outdoor items around the house before the wind starts
to blow. How well you and your family Cope with a disaster will
depend on how well you plan... prepare and react. Realize disasters
occur everywhere in our state and hurricanes pose the greatest
threat for large scale disasters. Preparing for tomorrows storm
today is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.
For more information about hurricane preparedness... please visit the
following web sites:
Severe Weather Get Mobile & Email Alerts
Guilford Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:32 am EDT on May 29, 2015