Need Help With Hurricane Preparedness?
An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected, according to forecasters with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season.
Atlantic Hurricane Season
- June 1, 2020 -November 30, 2020
Central Pacific Hurricane Season
- June 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020
Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season
- May 15, 2020 -November 30, 2020
Prepare For Hurricanes
The following tips are from Ready.Gov
HAVE A PLAN
- Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for the office, kids’ daycare, and anywhere you frequent.
HAVE IMPORTANT DOCS
- Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.
PREPARE YOUR HOME
- Declutter drains and gutters, bring in outside furniture, consider hurricane shutters.
GET TECH READY
- Keep your cell phone charged when you know a hurricane is in the forecast and purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.
Stay Safe During A Hurricane
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- If told to evacuate by local officials, do so immediately.
Dealing with the Weather
- Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
- If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.
- Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly.
- Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter [by avoiding crowds or gathering in groups] as much as possible.
- Anyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities.
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
Returning Home Safety Tips
- Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.
- Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
- Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.