Would you be ready in the event of a weather emergency? Well, now is the time to find out! June 1st marked the beginning of the 2012 Hurricane season that extends through November 20th. Here at the East Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross we want to ensure that everyone takes the correct precautions to stay safe this season.
According to predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a near-normal year for hurricanes with nine to 15 storms in the Atlantic Ocean lies ahead of us. Of these storms, four to 8 could strengthen to a hurricane with winds of 74 mph or higher, with as many as three becoming major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.
So how should you prepare one might ask? No worries, the Red Cross has you covered!
WHAT TO DO The Red Cross offers steps to get ready for hurricane season. These steps include:
- Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store.
- Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
- Be informed. Learn about the community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets to be cared for.
- Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S.For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at www.FloodSmart.gov.
If you follow these steps you’ll be well prepared in the event of a disaster that might occur during this year’s hurricane season. So stay informed and remember that it’s better to be over-prepared than caught off guard. You never know when you’ll be given a 5 minute warning!