The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.
Preparing Makes Sense
How Can I Prepare?
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio Station for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
- Secure and items that can be lifted by wind
- Secure windows and doors
- Set your freezer and refrigerator to its coldest settings
- Turn off propane tank and unplug small appliances
- Fill your car gas tank
- Have an evacuation plan set
- Evacuate immediately if advised by authorities
- Keep emergency contact numbers handy
- Make arrangements for pets (if you are evacuated – most shelters will now allow pets)
What Supplies Should I Have?
- Ample water – at least 3 days worth (One gallon per day, per person)
- 3 days worth of -non-perishable food (don’t forget pets)
- Flashlights (avoid candles)
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7 days worth)
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra cash – ATM’s may not be working
- Insect repellant
- Tools to secure your home
- Warm clothing
- Camera for photos of damage
What Should I Do After a Storm?
- Listen to NOAA for more Updates
- Only use your phone in emergencies
- Stay away from damaged power lines
- Check for spoiled food – when in doubt, throw it out
- Avoid drinking and preparing food with tap water (can be contaminated)
- If you were evacuated, do not return home unless instructed by the authorities
- When cleaning, wear protective clothing (avoid areas that can be dangerous)
- Follow directions from emergency service personnel and fire response
- Avoid operating electric appliances or tools around water
All NOAA Weather Radio stations broadcast on one of seven frequencies in the VHF Public Service band: 162.400 megahertz (MHz), 162.425 MHz, 162.450 MHz, 162.475 MHz, 162.500 MHz, 162.525 MHz, and 162.550 MHz. While some older weather radio receivers will only have three frequencies (162.400, 162.475 and 162.550), any receiver sold today should be able to pick up stations on any of the seven frequencies.
Consider Buying a Generator
If you use a portable generator, read and follow all the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to set it up outside – not in your home or garage – and connect appliances directly to it. Do not wire your generator directly to your breaker or fuse box, because the power you generate may flow back into power lines and cause injuries.
Create Family Emergency Plan
Designate a meeting place. Choose a location outside your house in case of a household emergency, such as a fire, and one outside your neighborhood in case you can not return to your house. Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. If possible, make arrangements to stay with the friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate. If a hotel or motel is your final intended destination during an evacuation, make reservations before you leave. Pose emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
National Hurricane Center – https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
American Red Cross – https://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane
Preparedness Guides – https://www.ready.gov/plan
Disclaimer: Savage Restoration is not responsible for any information that is listed or omitted on this marketing material. All information was provided by the American Red Cross, Middletown, NJ OEM Emergency Preparedness Guide, NOAA, FEMA and National Hurricane Center websites.