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2007-08-21 13:51:00

Hurricane Season Preparedness List

Despite the historic and devastating hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, a new Mason-Dixon poll released today reveals a dangerously high percentage of residents in hurricane-vulnerable states still aren’t prepared, don’t take the threat of hurricanes seriously and have big gaps in what they know about hurricanes – even among those who live within 30 miles of the coast.

Of those surveyed:

  • 53% don’t feel vulnerable to a hurricane or related tornado or flooding,
  • 52% have no family disaster plan,
  • 61% have no hurricane survival kit,
  • 88% have taken no steps to make their homes stronger,
  • And 16% said they might not or would not evacuate even if ordered to do so, leaving thousands of residents at grave risk in the path of any given storm.

SOURCES: Web MD, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service. American Red Cross. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Click Here for your 2007 National Hurricane Broadcast Partners- local TV stations. 

Summer is here and so is the Hurricane Season. Being prepared can make all the difference in a life or death situation. These are a few tips to reprint in your newsletter, add to your Web site & share with your Homeowners & Business Owners.

Hurricane Survival List

  • Cash
  • Three weeks of medication
  • Drinking water (1gal. per person per day)
  • Special diet foods
  • Non-perishable foods & spoons
  • Infant necessities
  • Contact doctor for special instruction for back-up generators for electrically-dependent equipment such as respirators
  • Contact supplier for additional supplies of oxygen if needed for care
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Battery operated radio, portable TV, flashlight & can opener
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags & paper towels
  • Clean-up supplies (mop, bucket, disinfectant, towels)
  • Charcoal, ice & ice chest
  • Cars filled with gasoline
  • Mobile phones charged
  • Home repair items (hammer, nails, plastic tarps)
  • Save all receipts of purchases after the storm (some insurance companies reimburse for emergency food, medication, ice & clean up supplies)
  • Remove all outdoor furniture, trash cans, swing sets, toys, & plants into garage.
  • Emergency bag should be pre-packed & ready for temporary stay in shelter (driver's license and other ID, medication, tooth brushes, tooth paste, extra   pair of eye glasses, pillows, blankets, games/toys for children, folding chairs, inventory list & picture of house & contents, health insurance card, homeowner's insurance policy & maps to your destination)
  • Review insurance policies and your coverage to avoid misunderstandings later. Take advantage of flood insurance. Separate policies are needed for protection against wind and flood damage.
  • Plan route to safety and location of nearest shelter and how much time to get from your home to safety. Leave for shelter early to avoid long hours on limited evacuation routes.
  • When leaving your home, turn off gas, electricity, and water from main supply to home.
  • Make arrangements for pets. Pets, alcoholic beverages and weapons of any kind are not allowed in shelters.

Hurricane Readiness for Business Owners

  • All items above apply for businesses, too.
  • Complete inventory of business property with pictures stored in water proof containers or in safe deposit box.
  • Review insurance policies and your coverage to avoid misunderstandings later. Take advantage of flood insurance. Separate policies are needed for protection against wind and flood damage.
  • Always turn off your computer whenever there is an electrical storm. Lightning can travel up to 20 miles from a thunderstorm and can travel phone lines. A lightning strike can destroy a computer no matter what kind of surge protector you have. Uninterruptible Power Supplies area a big help, but it is a good idea to turn off your computers, monitors and all other equipment.   
  • Backup your Data, back up data. This is the most important thing you can  do. Your computers can be repaired or replaced, but not your data. Seal your backup disks or CDs in zip lock bags to prevent damage in safe deposit box.
  • Move all computers away from the windows. If unable to move computers, cover them with plastic sheeting and seal with tape. Unplug computer from the wall. Do not try to restart computer if it gets wet. Have professionals service computers.
  • If you are prone to flooding, place your computers and other equipment in high, dry area, preferably to the second floor.
  • Turn Servers and monitors off. If, possible, move to high, dry area.
  • Call local Internet Service Provider for additional computer safety tips.
  • Check with local Red Cross to additional information.
  • Having a plan saves lives and property. For more information click on Hurricanesafety.org.

(Copyright 2007, eFrog Pond, Inc. For additional information, email susie@frogpond.com; http://www.frogpond.com)

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