Prepare yourself and your family this hurricane season
May 30, 2013

BBB offers tips for Hurricane Preparedness Week

The National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center sponsors Hurricane Awareness Week from May 26 - June 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its initial outlook for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season as “active” and “above normal”; BBB urges consumers to pay attention to weather alerts, take necessary safety precautions and plan ahead to avoid potential scams in the wake of storm damage.

Although the NWS is responsible for issuing timely watches and warnings, it’s essential that you be ready before a storm approaches. BBB has these tips to be prepared:

  • Keep emergency numbers close by.
    Coastal residents and businesses are urged to prepare for every hurricane season. NOAA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the American Red Cross all provide important hurricane preparedness contact information on their web sites.

  • Keep necessities at hand.
    Create a disaster supply kit with the following items:
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    • First aid kit and first aid manual
    • Non-perishable food and water
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Essential medicines or prescriptions
    • Cash and credit cards
    • Important phone numbers
    • Shoes and appropriate clothing
    • Blankets, bedding or sleeping bags
    • Baby wipes or waterless antibacterial cleansers

  • Take Safety Precautions.
    In case of severe weather in your area: 
    • Pay attention to evacuation notices as well as flash flood alerts in your area.
    • Most deaths occur in cars and mobile homes. If you are in either of those locations, leave immediately and go to a substantial structure or designated shelter.
    • In case of high winds, go to an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a closet, hallway or bathroom. Stay away from exterior walls, glass enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums and warehouses.
    • Wrap yourself in overcoats or blankets to protect you from flying debris. Crate your pets in an interior room.
    • Do not try to walk through flowing water that is more than ankle deep.
    • Do not allow children to play around streams, storm drains or other flooded areas.
    • Do not drive through flooded areas.

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