Hurricane Preparation and Survival Planning
On these pages you will find
information to aid in hurricane survival and planning for you and your
family. The information on these pages are excerpts courtesy of the NOAA.
Start Planning now, where will you will go and how you will get there, if
you need to evacuate? Gather supplies like flashlights and plenty of
batteries as well as a NOAA weather radio now. There may not be time or the
availability of these items later, when you will need them. If you think you may need to
evacuate, do so early, don't wait until highways are clogged to leave. That
means you will need to pack clothing, gather important papers such as shot
records, other medical records, marriage license, titles, deeds, abstracts,
stocks , bonds, financial papers, Insurance Papers
and other papers as needed and have everything ready to go in case you decide to
leave. After the storm strikes it may be to late to leave safely.
Hurricane Safety Actions
you live in an evacuation area. Know your home's vulnerability to storm
surge, flooding and wind. Have a written plan based on
disaster supply kit,
replace batteries and use food stocks on a rotating basis.
beginning of hurricane season (June 1st), check the supplies for your
hurricane season, monitor the tropics.
NOAA Weather Radio. It is an
excellent / official source for real-time weather information and
If a storm
threatens, heed the advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.
your family plan
WARNING - KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
A HURRICANE WATCH issued for your part of the coast indicates the
possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36
This watch should trigger your family's disaster plan, and protective
measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra
time such as securing a boat, leaving a barrier island, etc.
issued for your part of the coast indicates that
sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 24 hours or less.
Once this warning has been issued, your family should be in the process of
actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
FAMILY DISASTER PLAN
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.
escape routes from your home and places to meet.
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
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. National Flood
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
Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
Printable Version of Supply List
- at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
/ Pillows, etc.
- seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Items - for babies and the elderly
/ Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not
cordless) telephone set
(with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be
available for extended periods
Books and Games
documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card,
- keep a set with you during the storm
fuel tanks filled
— proper identification / immunization records / medications
— ample supply of food and water
— a carrier or cage
— muzzle and leash
The Danger of the Storm Surge
"The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is from
the storm surge."
surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the
winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the
normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean
water level 15 feet or more. In addition, wind driven waves are superimposed
on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in
coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal
high tides. Because much of the United States' densely populated Atlantic
and Gulf Coast coastlines lie less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the
danger from storm tides is tremendous.
STORM SURGE SAFETY ACTIONS
Minimize the distance you must travel to reach a safe location; the
further you drive the higher the likelihood of encountering traffic
congestion and other problems on the roadways.
Select the nearest possible evacuation destination, preferably within
your local area, and map out your route. Do not get on the road without a
planned route, or a place to go.
Choose the home of the closest friend or relative outside a designated
evacuation zone and discuss your plan with them before hurricane season.
also choose a hotel/motel outside of the vulnerable area.
of these options is available, consider the closest possible public
shelter, preferably within your local area.
evacuation routes designated by authorities and, if possible, become
familiar with your route by driving it before an evacuation order is
your local emergency management office to register or get information
regarding anyone in your household whom may require special assistance in
order to evacuate.
plan, most public shelters do not accept pets.
your home prior to leaving by boarding up doors and windows, securing or
moving indoors all yard objects, and turning off all utilities.
leaving, fill your car with gas and withdraw extra money from the ATM.
prescription medicines and special medical items, such as glasses and
family evacuation plan includes an RV, boat or trailer, leave early. Do
not wait until the evacuation order or exodus is well underway to start
If you live in an evacuation zone and are ordered to evacuate by state
or local officials, do so as quickly as possible. Do not wait or delay
your departure, to do so will only increase your chances of being stuck in
traffic, or even worse, not being able to get out at all.
Expect traffic congestion and delays during evacuations. Expect and
plan for significantly longer travel times than normal to reach your
family's intended destination.
Stay tuned to a local radio or television station and listen carefully
for any advisories or specific instructions from local officials. Monitor
your NOAA Weather Radio.
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