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Hurricane Season Runs From June To November


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Stock Your Home

It's a good idea to stock a supply of food, water, and supplies for any emergency.  Any season can bring disaster.  Winter storms or summer heat waves could affect your ability to get to the store for food or medication.  Even a simple water main break could leave you without vital water for a few days.

  • Water. Each person's need for drinking water varies, depending on age, physical condition, and time of year. The average person needs at least one quart of water or other liquid to drink per day, but more would be better. Also keep a couple of gallons on hand for sanitary purposes. Store water in plastic, airtight containers and replace every two months to be sure it is pure.

  • Food. Supplies should include enough nonperishable, high-energy foods to feed you and your family for up to three days. You may be stranded in your home for several days or local stores may run low on supplies. Also, if you go to a public shelter, it is helpful to take as much non-perishable food as you can carry.

    A suggested supply of foods for emergencies includes:
    1. whole dry milk*
    2. canned fruit juices
    3. canned meats and fish, like Vienna sausage, meat spread or tuna
    4. meat substitutes, like beans
    5. bread and crackers*
    6. peanut butter
    7. dried fruits
    8. dry cereals*
    9. granola bars or cookies*

    *Place paper or waxed packages in a watertight container, such as a larger plastic bag. This will keep them dry and make them easier to carry.

  • Supplies and Equipment: Keep the following items in one place so you can get to them easily:
    1. A battery operated radio (with extra batteries)
    2. A flashlight (with extra batteries)
    3. Blankets or sleeping bags
    4. Paper plates and utensils, including a bottle and can opener
    5. Candles and matches (in a waterproof container) or an oil or kerosene lantern
    6. Toilet articles and sanitary needs

  • Medicines: It is very important to keep an adequate supply of any medicines you take. If you are stranded in your home, or are asked to go to a public shelter, you may not be able to get more medications easily. If possible, you should also keep an extra pair of glasses on hand for emergencies.
Even though you have emergency supplies, don't make the mistake of trying to "ride out" a hurricane at home. EVACUATE if local authorities tell you to do so, especially if you live in low-lying areas the could be easily flooded. Leave early before roads become flooded and you cannot get out. Arrange for a ride with nearby neighbors or relatives if you do not have a car. You can also call a local senior citizens group, your church, or your community emergency services office for help in arranging a ride.

Stay Aware of Weather Conditions        

Listen to daily weather forecasts during hurricane season.  As hurricanes develop, they are monitored closely by the National Weather Service.  The Weather Service issues two types of notices about approaching hurricanes:  a HURRICANE WATCH and a HURRICANE WARNING.

A HURRICANE WATCH means a hurricane may threaten coastal and inland areas, and that hurricane conditions are a real possibility.  It does not mean they are imminent, however, you should take preparatory action.

When a WATCH is issued for your area, you should:
  • Stay tuned to local stations for the latest weather information.
  • Contact your "partner" to review your plans.
  • Be sure your car is fueled and ready to go, or contact the person who agreed to give you a ride in an evacuation to re-confirm your arrangements.
  • Gather your emergency supplies, placing them in your car or near the front door if you are riding with someone else.
  • Store away all objects on your lawn or patio that could be picked up and carried by the wind. Lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools, toys, signs, and a number of other harmless items can become deadly missiles in hurricane winds.
  • Gather up important papers in your home such as birth and marriage certificates, wills, insurance policies, deeds, etc. Place them in a waterproof container with your non-perishable food supply or in your safe deposit box.


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