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HURRICANE DISASTER ACTION PLAN
BEFORE A HURRICANE
Have disaster supplies on hand.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
First aid kit and manual
Emergency food and water
Nonelectric can opener
Cash and credit cards
Make arrangements for pets.
Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health
and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on
local animal shelters.
Make sure that all family members know how to respond
after a hurricane.
Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Teach children how and when to call the police, or fire
department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
Protect your windows permanent shutters are the best protection.
A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood--marine
plywood is best--cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board
fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this
long before the storm.
Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.
Develop an emergency communication plan.
In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster
(a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children
are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the
"family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call
long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address,
and phone number of the contact person.
Hurricane Watches and Warnings
A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of
hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued
when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously
high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less.
A HURRICANE WATCH
A HURRICANE WARNING
UTILITIES IN A DAMAGED HOME