Get ready and stay ready. Hurricane season continues in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans until Nov. 30. The first week of October could be busy as meteorologists closely watch Hurricane Joaquin to see whether its path will hit the mid-Atlantic and northeast states.
The unpredictability of hurricane season makes it all the more important to be prepared for anything. With two months left in the season, there are several things to know to protect yourself, your family and your belongings. Here are some suggestions from the National Hurricane Center:
Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Where would you and your family go in the event of an evacuation? Make a family communication plan in case you aren’t together when the evacuation order begins. Don’t forget to make a plan for your pets. County and state emergency management agencies can provide more information on evacuation zones and routes.
Keep an emergency contact list for local emergency management offices, law enforcement, fire and rescue, hospitals and utility providers. It’s good to have the number handy for your property insurance agent, too.
Even without a direct hit, hurricanes cause storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds and other dangerous conditions. Those living away from a coastline need to be prepared for flooding, loss of power and threats to life and property. When approaching a water-covered roadway, turn around and don’t try to pass through it.
Stay informed by tuning into TV, radio and social media for recommendations from local officials. Get a NOAA Weather Radio that continuously broadcasts warnings, watches and forecasts.
Create a basic disaster supplies kit. It should include one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days; a three-day supply of non-perishable food with a can opener; first aid kit; flashlight and extra batteries; and other essential items.
Protecting your family from injury and your property from damage could save you money! Stay safe and keep an eye out for hurricanes this month.