How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Information can be your best defense


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WASHINGTON, June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR
WIRE/ — The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and ends
on November 30.

According to the US
Environmental Protection Agency, more than 35 million people live in areas
that can be affected by hurricanes.

The strong winds, heavy rains and flooding
that go along with hurricanes can cause serious damage to property, and
endanger lives. Being informed about what to do before, during, and after a
hurricane can help you and your family stay safe, and prevent property
damage.

Before and during the storm

  • Be aware of any emergency alert signals issued by authorities
  • Get to know the evacuation routes and
    emergency procedures of the places you and your family frequent, such as
    school or your office building
  • Identify the most secure places in your
    home, which can be a room with few windows, a hallway or a basement
  • Find evacuation and emergency shelters
    for your neighborhood
  • Put together an emergency supply kit
  • Use shutters to cover your house’s
    windows
  • Make sure blinds and windows are closed

In case of an evacuation

  • Tune your radio to NOAA’s National
    Weather Service to know what to do and where to go
  • If you are away from your family, make a
    plan where to meet once the hurricane passes
  • Shut windows and doors, and unplug any
    electrical appliances before leaving the house
  • Pack a bag with clothes, medicine,
    important documents, cash, and your emergency kit
  • Drive only on roads that have been
    approved by officials, and avoid taking shortcuts that could be
    hazardous

Returning home

  • Return home only when authorities say
    the danger has passed
  • Don’t walk or drive in flooded areas or
    unstable structures, such as bridges or alternate routes
  • Check the area outside your house before
    going in, as there could be loose power lines or other dangerous objects
    that aren’t immediately visible
  • Do not go inside if you smell gas, or if
    there are signs of any flooding or fire as the home’s structure may be
    weakened
  • Take photos of any damaged areas to use
    when filing a claim with your insurance company

Resources

  • America’s PrepareAthon is a new national campaign with the objective
    of teaching people how to prepare for a hurricane
    and other
    natural disasters
  • FEMA offers help to victims of natural disasters

To learn more about natural disasters, see
http://www.USA.gov and http://www.GobiernoUSA.gov , the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English
and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

SOURCE  GobiernoUSA.gov/USA.gov

 

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season