June 1st – November 30th
As we all saw in 2004 with Hurricane Charley, Hurricanes can wreak havoc with torrential rains, whipping and lashing winds, with powerful storm surges that can wipe out entire communities. It is important to make sure that you and your loved ones have an emergency plan in place in the event that a Hurricane heads our way. Often times, families may not be together at the time a disaster strikes. So it is important that everyone knows the emergency plan.
· Stock up on emergency supplies, including food, water, protective clothing, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps and a full tank of gasoline.
· Know where the closest hospitals and shelters are located.
· Pay close attention to the weather forecast as the path of the storm often changes.
· Make sure your home is secured, all items that can be carried by the wind be removed and locked up.
This is just a few things to get you started on preparing for a hurricane. A checklist from the National Red Cross is available online www.redcross.org. If you would like more information on preparing for a storm please visit the National Weather Service – National Hurricane Center at www.noaa.gov