Hurricane season along the Gulf Coast begins on June 1 and continues through November 30, peaking between the months of August and September. If you haven't created a plan, now is time to do so. Here are a few helpful tips:
As a resident of a coastal community, it is important to be ready in case of evacuation. Here is how to get started:
Step 1: Get a Kit
Get an Emergency Supply Kit and have it ready to use or place in your car. Include items like non-perishable food, can openers, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights, batteries, chargers, and power banks for your mobile devices. Consider rain coats and hats, boots, blankets, an emergency car kit, and other items that can make travel and lodging more comfortable. In case of a longer evacuation period, don't overlook making copies of important documents like your driver's license and passport, proof of residence (utility bills), insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
Step 2: Make a Plan
Have a family emergency plan as your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. It's important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency. Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood or town.
Step 3: Be Informed
Listen to your local officials and learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. Monitor local radio and television news or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
Step 4: Stay Safe while Driving
Take care driving and listen to the radio for updated road conditions. Don't drive into flooded areas and keep your driving speed appropriate for the weather conditions. Remember, turn around - don't drown. Take your time and err on the side of caution when driving through a storm.
Being prepared makes it easier to weather the storms that may come!
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