Hurricane Season - Are YOU Prepared??
The Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially arrived. Are you prepared?
WASHINGTON -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center predicted an "above-normal" hurricane season for 2013. Military communities in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast should assess how vulnerable they are, and review their emergency plans to ensure they weather the storm safely.
HAVE A PLAN
Families should have an emergency plan. All family members should know what to do in case of an emergency. Ready Army suggests families discuss issues such as where children will go if they are in school at the time of an emergency. While phone lines and cell phones may not work, text messaging sometimes works even if cell phone lines are overwhelmed with calls.
Families should ensure their plans include how they will evacuate family members with special needs, as well as pets. All members of a family should have an in-case-of-emergency point of contact in case they cannot reach each other. A trusted relative living outside of the area expected to be affected by the storm would be a good candidate. A local point of contact should also be established. These names and phone numbers should be programmed into all family member cell phones, and written copies should be with all family members as well.
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Further information can be found at:
Ready Army at http://www.ready.army.mil
The Department of Homeland Security (Ready.gov) at http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/index.html
The Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/index.shtm
The American Red Cross website at