How to Prepare Your Community for a Hurricane
Jun 5th, 2022 by Mark at PocketMaps
What to Include in Your Hurricane Preparedness Guide
Your hurricane preparedness guide should include information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Here are some ideas of what to include:
Before a Hurricane:
- Know your risk. Are you in an area that is prone to hurricanes? If so, you should have a plan in place.
- Create an emergency kit. This should include items like non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, and a battery-operated radio.
- Make a plan. Your family may not be together when a hurricane hits, so it's essential to plan how you will communicate with each other. You should also plan where you will go if you need to evacuate.
- Stay informed. Keep up with the latest weather forecasts and alerts from local officials.
During a Hurricane:
- If you are ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
- If you are not ordered to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.
- Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
- Be aware of potential flooding and stay away from floodwaters.
After a Hurricane:
- Avoid damaged areas until authorities give the all-clear.
- Be careful when cleaning up debris. Wear gloves and long sleeves to protect yourself from sharp objects and chemical hazards.
- Check for gas leaks before using any appliances or turning on any lights. If you smell gas, leave the area immediately and call the utility company.
As an emergency management planner, it's your job to help your community be prepared for hurricanes. The best way to do this is by creating a pocket guide with information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane hits. Creating your own guide includes information on risk factors, evacuation procedures, and how to stay safe while cleaning up after the storm. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your community is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws.