September is Emergency Preparedness month and in light of the issues we as a nation have just witnessed with hurricane Harvey, we are focusing on how to prepare for a hurricane. In many ways, this is accomplished the same at work and with your family.
Protecting your family:
• Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. Discussing hurricanes ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children.
• Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts:
o Find an online NOAA radio station
o Download an NOAA app
o Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA radio
• Keep important documents in a safe place that is less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding, but be sure that you can get to them quickly if needed. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.
When a hurricane is on its way to your area:
• Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
• Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.
• Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply- especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
• Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking (about 1 gallon per person per day, and have a one week supply if staying at home).
• Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or washing the floor or clothing.
• Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
• Turn off propane tanks.
• Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and patio furniture.
• Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
• Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities to prevent damage to your home or within the community.
• Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur.
If you have pets:
• Consider a precautionary evacuation of your animals, especially any large animals, or numerous animals. Waiting until the last minute could be fatal for them and dangerous for you.
• Bring your companion animals indoors and maintain direct control of them. Be sure that you have a pet emergency kit ready to go in case of evacuation.
Resources for emergency kits: