for Hurricane Season Now ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
from FEMA: The Atlantic and Central Pacific Hurricane
Season runs from June 1-November 30. This year more
storms than normal are predicted. The ocean temperature,
a key ingredient in storm generation, is four degrees
higher than in the last few years--a sign that we need
to pay attention.
including those living outside of hurricane-risk areas,
should check personal preparations such as emergency
kit supplies, note messages from local emergency officials,
and rehearse emergency evacuation routes. Important
items to have ready in case of an emergency include
a battery-powered radio (like a NOAA Weather Radio),
flashlight, extra batteries, medicines, non-perishable
food, hand-operated can opener, utility knife and first
aid supplies. Copy and store your important documents
in a waterproof bag. These may include medical records,
contracts, property deeds, leases, banking records,
insurance records and birth certificates.
is the time to consider potential needs of everyone
in the household during an emergency. If your household
includes a person with a disability, special steps to
assist them may be necessary and should be considered
now. Pets also require special handling. They may become
agitated during the onset of a storm, so a pet carrier
is a must for safe travel. Pet owners should research
pet boarding facilities now within a certain radius
of where you may evacuate, since animals may not be
welcome in all shelters or hotels.
steps now to purchase a flood insurance policy. Not
only are homes and businesses in hurricane-prone states
at risk for flood, but inland flooding is common in
nearby states. To assess flood risk for your home or
find a local agent selling national flood insurance,
visit www.floodsmart.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-379-9531.
continues to support the coordinated federal response
to the BP oil spill, and this season's hurricane planning
has involved consideration of the effects that the BP
oil spill could have on the response capabilities and
more preparedness information, please visit www.Ready.gov.