With the anniversary of Hurricane Ike approaching and hurricane season underway, hurricane preparedness is on everyone’s mind. Rather than waiting for the first threat to the Gulf Coast, prepare now for a potential hurricane by following these tips on developing a family plan from the National Hurricane Center.
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, 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.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Secure important documents you may need during the emergency such as insurance papers, car title, etc. in a safe deposit box or waterproof container in a secure location.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
For other hurricane preparedness tips, please go to www.nhc.noaa.gov.