May 2014 Tips

 

Hurricane Season – Preparation

 

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th and the following information is being provided in advance of this year’s season to assist with preparation efforts should a Tropical Cyclone event threaten our City.

 

Family Preparedness Tips

o   To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.  Don’t forget a plan for your pet(s).

o   Cover all of your home’s windows.  Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.  A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.  Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

o   Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

o   Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

o   Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

o   Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

o   Determine how and where to secure your boat.

o   Install a generator for emergencies.

o   Get any cash you may need before banks close (and ATM’s may not work due to loss of electricity).

o   Locate and place important documents in a waterproof container.

o   Charge your cell phone battery as well as camera battery in case you need to take pictures of property damage.

o   Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank because if there is a power outage in your area, gas pumps won’t work.

o   First sanitize and then fill your bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water for sanitary usage.

o   To keep food fresh, turn the settings on your refrigerator & freezer to their highest settings in case of a power outage.

o   Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in your house.

 

Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pet(s)

o   Local and State health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)

o   Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species.  Ask if “no pet” policies can be waived in an emergency.  Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies.

o   Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals.

o   Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

o   Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster.

Should you have any questions about the tips listed above, please feel free to contact any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department so we can provide assistance.

Additional Hurricane preparedness information can be obtained by accessing any of the following websites;

FEMA websitehttp://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate

FEMA for the Disabled & Elderly: http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/05/03/disabled-elderly-need-prepare-hurricanes

Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html#.U2vnPNTD-70