Community Bulletin- Hurricane Preparedness [311000WAUG16].
Hurricane Madeline track forecasts south of the Islands Wednesday night through Friday morning and Lester to the north of the Islands Saturday through Sunday. Because hurricanes make many turns along their path, it’s difficult to predict exactly where they will hit.
How to prepare for a hurricane. Stay informed and know your hurricane terminologies (tropical depression, tropical storm, hurricane, storm surge, storm tide, watches and warnings). Understand the categories of hurricanes (category 1-5). Install permanent storm shutters or have supplies available to board up your windows. Install straps or clips to secure your roof to the frame structure. Make sure trees and bushes are well trimmed and maintained. Keep enough fuel in your car’s tank to evacuate. Expect high volume of slow traffic. Get an emergency kit, practice a family emergency plan and evacuation procedure. Develop a family communication procedure in case you are separated. Phone lines and cell phone towers may be down.
What to do if there is a hurricane. Listen to the radio or TV for more information and further instructions. Secure your home by closing the storm shutters and bringing outdoor furniture inside. Ensure a supply of water for household purposes. Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep the door closed. Turn off utilities if told to do so. Once you are in a safe place, report to your command if you are military, government civilian personnel or a member of the selective reserves.
What to do after a hurricane. If directed report your status at www.adpaas.army.mil. Listen to news reports. Avoid flood waters, standing or moving, as they may be contaminated or deeper than expected. Beware of downed power lines. Avoid any roads where flood waters have receded, as they may have weakened and could collapse. Be extremely cautious when entering buildings and homes, as there may be unseen damage. Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by flood water.
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