Hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.
Devising a plan of action shortly before a hurricane makes landfall is not recommended. The first decision you need to make is whether or not to evacuate or ride out the storm. Voluntary evacuation will allow you to choose in advance where you want to go and gain a sense of confidence that you will have a place to stay and you won't be tied up in heavy traffic. Waiting until a mandatory evacuation notification could mean that you could spend hours of uncertainty as to where you might find lodging or gas.
If you decide to ride out a storm, your home could survive the effects of a damaging hurricane, but you could also face the possibility of living without electricity, food, water, security or any other part of the infrastructure we take for granted for a few days to a few weeks. Heat, humidity, mosquitoes, snakes, alligators and any number of other uncomfortable things can make you miserable in a very short time.
The final decision is yours because no one can force you to leave your home, but an emergency official will stop by to get your name, social security number and information on next-of-kin outside the area to notify in the event of your death. If you leave, you can be guaranteed that the first responders will do everything within their power to protect everything that survives the hurricane's destruction.
At Hurricane Warning:
- Sign up with the CalcaShout Emergency Alert System, which will enable you to receive important, official, emergency information.
- Listen for weather updates and stay informed
- Keep portable radio and flashlight on hand-with fresh batteries. The local EAS stations are 99.5 on FM radio and KLCL 1470 on AM radio
- Clear your yard of all loose objects
- Moor your boat securely
- Store drinking water in clean containers
- Shutter or board windows
- Plan a flood-free evacuation route, and know where to go
- IF ORDERED TO EVACUATE - OBEY IMMEDIATELY! Take your HURRICANE EVACUATION KIT. Let friends and neighbors know where you are going.
- DO NOT ENTER EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE ISSUED AN "ALL-CLEAR."
HURRICANE EVACUATION KIT
Keep kit "ready to go" at all times. Include a battery-operated radio and flashlight, plus the following:
- First Aid Kit
- 3-day supply of drinking water
- 2-week supply of medicine
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Extra clothing
- Lightweight folding chairs/cots
- Personal items including books and toys
- Infant necessities
- Important papers (valid ID)
- Flashlight & radio with spare batteries
- 3-day supply of nonperishable food items per person
IF YOU INTEND TO UTILISE A PUBLIC SHELTER, PLEASE KNOW THAT SMOKING, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, WEAPONS AND PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED.