We are saying goodbye to the cooler temperatures with spring now in full bloom. While we can’t wait for the warmth and sunny days of summer, with that also comes another season that we aren’t as excited about—hurricane season: and today marks the first day. The American Red Cross wants to make sure that you and your loved ones aren’t taken by surprise.
- Hurricanes are storms with strong winds that can cause detriment to persons and property.
- It is important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning as to prepare accordingly. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are a threat in 48 hours, while a warning means the threat is more immediate, with hurricane conditions occurring within 36 hours.
- We hope that a hurricane will never be a threat to you or your loved ones, but it is always important to be aware and prepared if hurricane conditions do affect your community.
Tips to Ensure Your Safety during a Hurricane
To guarantee your safety during the event of a hurricane, a list of important preparedness and response tips are in order.
Have disaster supplies ready:
- Food and Water—at least a 3-day supply of water and non-perishable foods
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid kit
- Multi-purpose tool
- 7-day supply of medication
- Sanitary items
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Cell phones and chargers
- Rain gear
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or go to NOAA’s National Hurricane Center webpage to get updates.
- Bring in anything from outside that could be taken by the wind (bicycle, lawn items).
- Close all windows, doors, and shutters; board up windows and doors with plywood if you don’t have hurricane shutters.
- Set refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting, keeping them closed as much as possible.
- Turn off propane tank.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Create an evacuation plan with the members of your household and practice it to minimize confusion.
- Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan.
- Always obey evacuation orders and avoid flooded roads.