Start of Hurricane Season
The arrival of June 1st means the arrival of summer fun! But it also means the arrival of hurricane season for residents of the eastern seaboard and gulf coast states.
We watch and listen closely to various experts and their predictions of how many storms. Will this be an average season? A below average season? Or a higher than average season? The truth is that the average does not matter. If there is only one storm….and it’s headed to YOU….it’s a bad hurricane season.
June is a good time to review your Hurricane Preparedness Plans. And here are some quick, simple tips.
Have a hurricane plan, that includes evacuation and be prepared to implement it.
a. When local officials order an evacuation….it is time to leave!
b. Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places--a friend’s or family member’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
c. Keep a full tank of gas in your car if an evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and unable to pump gas during power outages. Plan to take one car per family to reduce congestion and delay.
d. Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
e. If any family members have “special needs” (medical needs), check with and register with your local emergency management agency.
Have a “hurricane go kit” packed and ready with:
a. Water and non-perishable food for 3-5 days
b. Battery operated radio and batteries so you can get important information from local officials
c. First aid kit
d. Flashlight with extra batteries
f. Copies of important documents: driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, etc.
g. Comfortable clothing, bedding, blankets and towels
h. Unique family needs such as prescription medications, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have
i. Hand sanitizer or anti-bacterial soap
j. Keep a checklist. Download and use ntb’s “Your Emergency Preparedness Kit” from http://www.ntb-group.com/
Prepare your home
a. Review your insurance coverage with your insurance company.
b. Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
c. Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
d. Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
e. Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
f. Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
g. Turn off propane tanks.
h. Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Prepare your business and Plan to stay in business
a. Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
b. Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
c. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not accessible.
d. Consider if you can run the business from a different location or from your home.
e. Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location unusable.
f. Learn about programs, services, and resources at U.S. Small Business Administration.
a. Listen to your local emergency management and elected officials
b. Stay informed by visiting the National Hurricane Center at http://www.hurricanes.gov
c. Visit the ntb group website at http://www.ntb-group.com for more information, checklists, plans and updates.