Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe:

Be Prepared. Be Ready. Stay Safe:

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

May 25 – 31, 2014 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week

This week is a good time to prepare your family, property and pets for the weather situations. The dangers of a hurricane are numerous to include, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and in our coastal areas, high tide and rip currents. UF/IFAS Extension has information to help you prepare for the season.

  1. Create a Plan for your Family: Where can your family go in the case of an evacuation. Do you plan on staying put and hunker down till the storm passes? Is your house “secure” enough to sustain high winds?
  2. Organize your Important Papers:When it comes to preparing for weather emergencies, knowing where your important documents are is as important as having a plan for your family. Having all your documents up-to-date, accessible, and portable can make a big difference at a tense time.
  3. Check your insurance. Will any of the policies you hold pay for temporary shelter, replacement clothing, furniture, or other items if you are affected by a hurricane? Are floods covered in the policy?
  4. Visit Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Florida disaster recovery website (http://www.floridadisaster.org/recovery/) for more information. Find out whether you can flood proof your home now.
  5. Plan for your pets. Include the welfare of your pets in your plan. Planning can help ensure safety for you and your pets during a weather emergency.

Bookmarks for more information:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/disaster_prep/general_info.html site.

http://www.floridadisaster.org/recovery/

http://www.fema.gov

 

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