Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's Hurricane Season; Be Prepared!

June 1st marks the first day of hurricane season. Officials from the National Hurricane Center urges you to take action and start getting prepared.

Below is a list of ways for you to be ready for this hurricane season:

Have a family disaster plan:

- Locate the safest areas in your house or community for each hurricane hazard
- Draw out an evacuation route
- Have an out-of-state Friend as a family contact so your family members have a single point of contact
- Have a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate
- Post emergency numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911
- Check your homeowners insurance to see what damages are covered
- Stock up on non-perishable emergency supplies and disaster supply kit-
Use a NOAA weather radio for weather updates (remember to replace the batteries every 6 months so it will work during an emergency)

Create a disaster supply kit:

- Water- at least one gallon daily per person for three to seven days
- Food

- at least enough for three to seven days
o Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juice or Food for infants or the elderly
o Non-electric can opener
o Fuel
- Blankets and pillows
- Clothing- Seasonal, rain gear, and sturdy shoes
- First aid kit, medicines, and prescription drugs
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio
- Cash and credit cards- Banks and ATM’s may not be available
- Toys, books, games
- Important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag (Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, social security card, etc)
- Pet care items- proper identification, immunization records, medications, food and water, carrier, muzzle and leash

Secure your home:

- Secure gabled roofs- if you have a gabled roof, fasten eight-foot long braces to the bottom chord of the gable truss and the adjacent trusses with 16-penny nails. The braces should be perpendicular to the truss, spaced at a maximum of four feet on center. In addition, be sure to tie back the gable truss with at least one eight-foot long brace, along the ridge of the roof, to several of the interior trusses.
- To increase the wind resistance of your shingles, have a qualified person inspect several shingle tabs to see if the adhesive has engaged. If not, use a quick-setting asphalt cement to bond them together. To cement the shingle tabs to the underlying shingles, place two spots of quick-setting asphalt cement about the size of a quarter under each tab with a putty knife or caulking gun. Press the tab into the adhesive. Be sure to cement all the tabs throughout the roof, being careful not to bend them farther than necessary when applying the adhesive. Replace any damaged shingles immediately.
- Install impact resistance shutters over all large windows and glass doors

Info provided by NOAA

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