Hurricane season is upon us. The time to prepare is BEFORE a storm even happens. There are many things you can do to protect your family and be safe, but that means planning ahead.
Before The Storm
Create a Hurricane Preparedness Kit and 'go bag'
You can use this list to help create a backpack or tub that you can use each year
If you start collecting these supplies early, a few things at a time, then it will be less expensive overall
You should have enough supplies on hand to for each person in your family to be able to survive on their own for at least three days (enough food, enough water, etc)
Keep in mind any special needs your family may have when planning: infants/small children, medical needs, or a pet for example. They will need their own items as well (activity bag, pet food, medications...)
The 'go bag' will include changes of clothes for you and your family, hygiene items (toothbrush/paste, deodorant, sanitary supplies...), and any small items that you may want to bring with you (such as a treasured photo, phone charger/cord, etc)
Know and plan before the storm comes! Do you stay or evacuate? FEMA flyer has more info. Click HERE
If you are told to evacuate, do so IMMEDIATELY. This is why it's especially important to be prepared with your supplies
Make sure that you have all of your important documents (birth certificates, social security cards, medical records, etc) in waterproof containers (ziplock bags work great for this) and in one place in case you need them or need to evacuate
Here are some good suggestions for documents to keep together and how to protect them
Take phone pictures or scan important documents in case they get damaged
Create a plan
Where will you go if you need to evacuate?
What (few) personal items do you want to have ready for your 'go bag' if told to evacuate?
Once There is a Storm
Be informed. EVEN IF THE STORM IS NOT EXPECTED TO COME CLOSE! This is extremely important because storms can change direction in a matter of hours
Listen to local news and get real time storm updates from www.nhc.noaa.gov
This site will be updated to tell you what to expect from COH as far as building preparations
Check that your emergency kit and 'go bag' is ready
If the storm changes directions, you may only have hours to react.
Plan ahead!Decide if you will stay or evacuate.
Stay inside until the storm passes. There may be periods of time when the storm seems to quiet, but that is just the different sections of the storm going by. Don't go outside until you've been given the 'all clear' on the radio or tv stations that you'll have on to track the storm's progress
DO NOT PUT TAPE ON YOUR WINDOWS. It doesn't work to prevent the glass from shattering/breaking and will damage the windows in the process.
Leave early to avoid traffic
Pack an evacuation bag early
Know your emergency shelter options
Brevard Emergency Management will open shelters when needed. Click Here for current shelter information.
Act on your plan!
At this point, you know where you're going, you have your supplies prepared, and you are ready to either evacuate or shelter in place (stay at home)
Talk to your kids so they know what to expect.
Community of Hope will add updates to this website, so if you evacuate you will know what happened to your home.
After The Storm
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