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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Season began on June 1st and runs through November. These storms are dangerous and can cause major damage because of storm surge, wind damage, and flooding. They can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States.

Each year, it is important to make a plan even if we hope you will not have to implement it. Know how you’ll contact each family member and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Here are some steps to prepare your family for storms.

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

  6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergnecy Plan. Check out this fillable family emergency plan from Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household.

One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!


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