Preparing for Hurricane Season June 1 Through November 30
Hurricane season is here again and as we have learned over the years, predictions of active or inactive hurricane seasons don’t always pan out so well. This means that we all need to be prepared in the event that a hurricane does impact our community this year. Most of you have experienced at least one and usually several hurricanes and have a good plan of action for yourself and your family. Below are a few hurricane preparation reminders as we begin the new hurricane season.

Hurricane Preparation

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE

  1. Listen to WORZ FM radio or watch Cable Channels 5 and for local conditions and emergency updates.
  2. HAVE A PLANof action. You plan must include a predetermined destination; route and alternate route for relocation-- whether out of the area or to the nearest shelter.
  3. PREPARE.
    Have these emergency supplies:
    • Non-perishable foods and water containers.
    • More than one flashlight and extra batteries.
    • First-aid kit, along with any prescription medicine.
    • Make arrangements to secure your shutters or to acquire plywood.
    • Plastic sheeting -- for water leaks.
Know the difference between a hurricane WATCHand a hurricane WARNING. A watch is issued when a hurricane becomes a threat to Ocean Reef within 36 hours. Everyone in the area covered by the watch should listen for further advisories and be prepared to act promptly if a hurricane warning or relocation is ordered.A hurricane warningis issued when hurricane winds of 74 mph or higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and rough seas, are expected here within 24 hours. Precautionary actions should begin immediately.When a hurricane WATCHis issued:
    • Continue to monitor Cable Channel 6 or WORC for instructions.
    • Check supplies, especially water (at least 5 gallons per person).
    • Fuel your vehicles and generators.
    • Cover windows with shutters.
    • Bring in ALL outdoor furniture, toys and tools.
    • Moor any boats securely, or move it to a safe place.
When a hurricane WARNINGis issued:
    • Continue to monitor Cable Channel 6 or WORZ for instructions.
    • Move out early when requested to do so by local officials.
    • Turn off utilities, just before leaving your home.
 

HURRICANE SUPPLIES

What supplies do you need in case of a hurricane? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross recommend: 
  • WATER
    • Store at least one gallon of water per person per day in plastic containers such as soft- drink or milk bottles.
    • Keep at least a three-day supply of water for persons in your household. (Five gallons per person overall is recommended.)
  • FOOD
    • Store at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods that require no refrigeration, little preparation or cooking, and little or no water, for example:
      • Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
      • Canned juices, milk, soup
      • High-energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars and trail mix
      • Vitamins
      • Cookies, hard candy, cereals, instant coffee
  • TOOLS & SUPPLIES
    • This includes:
      • Paper cups and plate
      • Plastic utensils
      • Battery-operated radio
      • Flashlight
      • Batteries
      • Cash
      • Fire extinguisher
      • Pliers
      • Compass
      • Matches in waterproof container
      • Signal flare
      • Map of the area
      • Sanitation items
  • FIRST-AID KIT
    • A first-aid kit for your home and each car should include:
      • Sterile adhesive bandages
      • Gauze pads
      • Adhesive tape
      • Scissors
      • Tweezers
      • Needle
      • Antiseptic
      • Thermometer
      • Soap
      • Aspirin
      • Anti-diarrhea medication
      • Antacid
      • Laxatives
  • CLOTHING & BEDDING
    • This includes:
      • Sturdy shoes or work boots
      • Rain gear
      • Blankets or sleeping bags
      • Hat and gloves
 

DURING A HURRICANE . . .

If you are unable to evacuate, remain indoors during a hurricane. Stay in the lowest level of your home well away from any windows. An interior hallway, bathroom or closet may the safest location. Remember to cover members of your family with a mattress or to seek shelter under something very sturdy like a well-constructed dining room table that could protect them from possible debris.

REMEMBER. . .

Make your hurricane plan a part of a family discussion. Share your plan with friends and relatives. Hurricane preparedness is a team effort for everyone in the neighborhood and community.