Preparedness. . . Not Just Flashlights and Water
Many local stores and TV stations are providing the public with preparedness lists this week in anticipation of a possible hurricane next weekend. These useful lists are helpful in stocking our homes for a disaster but omit some very important preparation information.
- Make yourself a list of important contact numbers:
Local American Red Cross
Your Insurance Agent
- Plan an escape route for your family if an evacuation is required. Review FEMA Evacuation Guidelines on the FEMA website. Plan for locations away from home.
- Research the website floodsmart.gov to determine what would happen to your home during a flood surge.
- Make a Family Emergency Plan. If your family is not together during a disaster, determine how you will contact and find one other. Remember, your pets are family too.
- After a hurricane passes, beware of the possible spawning of tornadoes. This will be apparent by either a swift change in wind direction or some barnyard animals floating through the air.
- Stay tuned to local television or radio stations to determine when the area surrounding your home is safe.
Storms take many lives each year. Be smart and safe Hampton Roads.