Awareness and preparedness go hand-in-hand. Hurricane Season 2013 begins June 1 and ends November 30. Take time now to prepare your home and family for any storms that may affect your family. These facts and tips will help us prepare:
• Hazards from hurricanes come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, flooding and tornadoes.
• Flooding is one of the most frequent and costly hazards of hurricanes. Prepare for a flood by creating a family disaster plan and storing important documents and belongings where they won’t get wet if your home floods. During a flood, evacuate immediately if ordered and never try to drive across a flooded roadway.
• Talk about any family obligations you may have such as caring for young children or an elderly parent.
• Know the difference between weather watches and warnings! The National Weather Service issues watches and warnings when severe weather threatens. A watch is issued when conditions are possible to produce a hazard, such as a tornado or hail. A warning is issued when conditions are likely to produce the hazard.
• Are you “tech ready” for hurricanes? Everyday technology can help to keep you informed and ready during hurricane season. Stay current through online news sites and social media before, during and after a storm.