It’s that time of year! Hurricane Preparedness Tips

In the midst of Hurricane season, we will be adding tips on how to be prepared. If you need any additional information, check out this brochure!

Click to access hurricane-brochure17.pdf

Watches & Warnings

Listen closely to instructions from local officials on TV, radio, cell phones or other computers for instructions from local officials. Evacuate if told to do so.

WATCHES:

Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible within your area. Because it may not be safe to prepare for a hurricane once winds reach tropical storm force, the NHC issues hurricane watches 48 hours before
it anticipates tropical-storm-force winds.

 Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

Storm Surge Watch: The possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.

WARNINGS:

 Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected somewhere within the specified area. NHC issues a hurricane warning 36 hours in advance of tropical-storm-force winds to give you time to complete your preparations.

Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within your area within 36 hours.

Storm Surge Warning: The danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area,
generally within 36 hours.

 Extreme Wind Warning: Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 mph or greater), usually associated with the eye-wall, are expected to begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.

Know your zone: Do you live near the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts? Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation area by contacting your local government/emergency management office.

 Have a Family Emergency Plan: Before an emergency happens, sit down with your family or close friends and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your
emergency supplies kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

Put Together an Emergency Supplies Kit: Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and storm shutters. For a list of key items for your kit,
see http://www.ready.gov/kit

Review Your Homeowners Insurance: Review your insurance policy to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your home.

Understand NWS forecast products, especially the meaning of NWS watches and warnings.

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