Hurricane season has arrived and the American Red Cross has preparedness steps that families and individuals can do today, before the next storm approaches.
While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a below-normal 2015 Atlantic hurricane season with 6 to 11 named storms, it is important to remember that it only takes one hurricane to devastate a community. In addition, caution cannot be limited to coastal states. Hurricanes can be just as destructive for inland communities.
5 Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Tackle Today
1. Download the Red Cross Emergency App.
This new app provides expert advice on what to do before, during, and after hurricanes and other disasters. It also gives instant access to 35 customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies; all in one free and easy to use app. Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.
2. Learn the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning.
As hurricane season approaches, it is also important to know the difference between the threat levels.
3. Create an evacuation plan for your family.
Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
4. Build an emergency kit.
The Red Cross advises that you should include a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information.
5. Pay attention to the weather forecast and stay informed.
Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio (available on the Red Cross Store) for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
On June 2, join the American Red Cross for our inaugural Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign to support those in need in communities across the country. Nearly every second of every day, the Red Cross delivers help and hope. And we couldn’t be there without the generous support of the American public. Together, let’s go “all in” and make one day count. Schedule your donation today for Giving Day at redcross.org/givingday. You can also help build awareness by using the hashtag #allin1day on Twitter and Facebook.