Be Prepared For A Hurricane
The threat of a potential hurricane is always nerve wracking to all in the affected area. However, being prepared and knowledgeable of precautionary measures to take in the event of a hurricane can ease some the stress and panic you may be experiencing.
Having a ready to go emergency kit is key in any disaster situation. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the contents of this kit should include:
- Map(s) of your local area
- Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers or pliers to maneuver utilities
- Sanitation products such as baby wipes, trash bags and disinfectant
- Dust masks in the case of air contamination
- Plastic sheeting and Duct Tape for creating shelter-in-place.
- A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio
- Multiple flash lights
- Surplus of batteries (for radio/flashlight)
- A First aid kit
- At least 3 days worth of non perishable food (per person) and can opener if needed
- At least 3 days worth of water (1 gallon per person, per day)
This basic list is, of course, to be adjusted and will differ person to person depending on specific needs such as any medications, pet needs, money, gasoline etc. But this list provided is a staple for a basic emergency kit.
To be aware of what is happening around you before the storm hits, be sure to frequently check the news to gather updated information on the storm. Familiarize yourself with which is the safest room in your home, evacuation routes, and locations of shelters.
During the storm the measures to take are quite simple. If no emergency evacuation is issued, stay in the safest room of your home, away from all windows and have all necessary emergency supplies on hand. Listen to a battery powered radio for updates and be sure the storm is officially over before leaving shelter. Hurricanes are known to subside for a brief amount of time if the eye of the storm passes over you, but then resumes again in full force.
After you are sure the storm is over you may go outside and observe any serious damage. If there are any signs of danger such as downed power lines and fallen trees, report them immediately and steer clear of any threat.
If at any point during the storm your home experienced extreme damages (water, structural) SERVPRO of Westport Fairfield is a 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration company that can service all of your needs. With quick responses we will have someone on their way to meet you in no time and offer our help to the best of our ability. You can reach us at 203-324-1642 or request for help online through our website. Stay safe this storm season!