National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31. This is the time to prepare because if you wait until the warnings are being issued- that’s too late.
We may be landlocked in the Triad but that doesn’t mean we never get the effects of hurricanes and tropical storms. Winds can still be very high by the time the storm reaches us. We can pick up several inches of rain in a short time so flooding is also an issue. Tornadoes can also be spawned the day a hurricane makes landfall.
■What should you do?
Make a plan and listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local television stations for information from the National Weather Service. Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. You never know if the power will go out. Remember the ice storm last winter? You also never know when the power will come back on.
■What do you need?
•Water – at least a 3-day supply (one gallon per person per day),
•Food – at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
•First aid kit,
•Battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
•Copies of personal documents.
•A family disaster plan (available in English and Spanish.)
■What should you do afterward?
Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updates on the situation. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane has ended. If you evacuate, return home only when officials say it is safe.
Download the Red Cross Hurricane App. It will notify you of warnings and safety information. It also gives tips on what to do before, during and after a storm. Plus there is a shelter locator if any are opened in the area.
Stay safe this hurricane season!