Hurricane Preparedness Recommendations
A "Hurricane Watch" is issued when a hurricane may threaten within 36 to 48 hours. A "Hurricane Warning" is issued when a hurricane is expected to strike within 24 hours. When a watch is declared, turn to the weather channel 57 for tropical updates. Check channels 13 schedules for video information about hurricane evacuation areas and assigned shelters. When a warning is given, the video will be shown continuously. Monitor radio WQRC 99.9 FM broadcast for updated information.
How to Prepare
- Visit your local Town Hall for information on Emergency Preparedness.
- Get additional information from the FEMA Agency www.fema.gov or NOAA'S National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
- Inquire about emergency plans and procedures at your child's school or day care.
- Develop and implement a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if you become separated. Be sure everyone know your home, work and cell phone numbers and how to call 911.
- Assemble a disaster supply kit with food, water, medical supplies, battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio, batteries, flashlights and other items that you will need to get by for 5 days after the hurricane hits.
- Gather important documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, social security cards and wills and store them in a fire / flood proof and or a safe deposit box.
- Arrange for shelter for your pet.
- Service your generator.
As the Storm Approaches
- Have a full tank of fuel for your vehicle and generator.
- Make sure all family members have identification to carry with them.
- Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum cold and keep closed.
- Secure your boat or move it to a safer mooring.
- Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for bathing, flushing toilets, and cleaning but do not drink the water.
- Secure or bring inside such outdoor items as patio furniture, kids toys, trash barrels.
- Secure outdoor propane tanks.
- Request extra medication and oxygen if needed from your doctor.
- Check on your neighbor for anyone who might need extra help.
If a Hurricane Warning is Announced
- Implement your family evacuation plan immediately. Do not wait until a few hours before the hurricane is expected to hit. Bridges will be closed when winds gust to 75 miles per hour.
- Keep tuned to your local radio and television station.
- Board up windows and secure all loose items in your yard.
- Do not use camp stoves, charcoal grills or propane grills to cook indoors.
- Secure the safety of your pets.