Your Home - Hurricane Edition 2010
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A Special Issue on Hurricane Preparedness for Connecticut Home Owners
 
Hurricane Edition 2010
 
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Have a Plan for Your Family

Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention.

Develop a Family Plan
Your family's plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family. To make sure everyone knows how to respond in the event of a hurricane, you might want to convene a family meeting or meetings. Topics of discussion should include:

  • What to do about power outages. How to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • What to do if you have to evacuate. Have plans for where you will go if you evacuate, when you will leave (maybe early to avoid traffic jams), and how family members will contact each other. Where to meet and whom to contact if you get separated.
  • How to deal with personal injuries. Post emergency telephone numbers by the telephones. Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.

Create a Disaster Supply Kit
Certain items are needed regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is also a useful tool ready when needed to evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.

  • Have a "grab and run" bag ready with important papers, such as the home owners insurance policy and prescription drugs.
  • Have an evacuation or survival kit ready with nonperishable food, water, a first aid kit and other things you'll need.
  • Have a battery-powered radio, maybe a battery-powered television set for keeping up with the latest advisories.

Have an Evacuation Plan
One of the most important decisions you will have to make is "Should I Evacuate?" Tropical storm-force winds are strong enough to be dangerous to those caught in them. For this reason, emergency managers plan on having their evacuations complete and their personnel sheltered before the onset of tropical storm-force winds, not hurricane-force winds.

If you are advised to evacuate, you should do so without delay. But unless you live in a coastal or low-lying area, an area that floods frequently, or in manufactured housing, it is unlikely that emergency managers will ask you to evacuate. Having a prepared plan ahead of time means better safety for you, your family and your home.

Secure Your Home
As already discussed, early preparation is key. Know whether your home is in a zone that could be flooded by storm surge, meaning you'd have to evacuate. If you live outside possible storm surge zones, and your house is sturdy, you should plan on riding out the storm in a "safe room" inside the house.


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From the Editor
Big Hurricane Year

According to the nation's top forcasters, 2010 will prove to be a much more active hurricane season than usual with 15 tropical storms and eight hurricanes predicted.

This newsletter will give you some basic information about how to prepare should a hurricane hit the northeast.

ARTICLES:

How to Prepare Your Home
How to Prepare Your Home

The Best Hurricane Trackers
The Best Hurricane Trackers

Connecticut Resources
Connecticut Resources

 

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