Hurricane Season Safety Tips – Traveler Edition

 

On top of everything, it’s hurricane season! Whether at home or on assignment, Check out these hurricane safety measures, with added tips for travelers, to brush up on what to do if you’re in the path of a storm. We’ve even included a Hurricane Safety Checklist (printable PDF for the win!). Your safety is our priority!

 

“Now— Prepare”

  • Sign-up for local alerts and warnings in the location you are travelling to as well as any places that you may be travelling through.
    • Receive alerts and warnings from the National Weather Service for all hazards.
    • For more information on NWR receivers check out: nws.noaa.gov/nwr/info/nwrrcvr.html
    • Download the “Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings” for a notifications summary at ready.gov/prepare
  • Know your evacuation routes and safe zones, ask the facility what their procedures are in order to ensure your safety.
  • Create a communication plan with your recruiter, family and friends before, during and after the hurricane.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies! (List of supplies located at the end)
  • Create a “go bag” with only your essentials, don’t over pack! S.N. don’t forget to put it in an easily accessible area.

 

“During – Survival”

  • Listen and follow directions given from local authorities
  • If advised to evacuate, grab your “go- bag” and leave immediately!
  • Find an emergency shelter location near you, check out the FEMA mobile app: fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Use your communication plan that you established with your loved ones – and don’t forget your recruiter!
  • Move to higher ground if there’s a flooding or flood warning
  • Call 911 if you are in danger!

 

“After – Be Safe”

  • Return to evacuated area when the authorities say it’s safe to do so.
  • Stay safe!
    • Don’t go into the water or any damaged buildings, as they could contain dangerous debris such as, broken glass, metal, oil, sewage, etc.
    • Don’t use electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are wet
  • Stay healthy!
    • Throw out any food that was not kept at the proper temperature
    • Avoid drinking tap water until you know it’s safe to do so
    • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet, this helps kill off any bacteria and chemicals

 

“Know the Difference” — Advisory vs. Watches vs. Warnings

  • Tropical Storm or Hurricane Advisory: This is issued based on “expected” weather conditions that can cause an inconvenience that could be hazardous.
  • Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch: This is issued based on the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane happening with 48 hours.
  • Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning: This is issued when a tropical storm or hurricane is “expected” within 36 hours.

 

Emergency Supplies

  • Emergency Communication
  • Medical Needs
  • Important Documents
  • Tools and Safety Items
  • Food/Supplies
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Protective Gear
  • Comfort & Priceless Items

 

Ask yourself: What would I need for me and my family if a hurricane struck right now?

For more safety guidelines and information, go to: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

 

Phone Numbers to reference:

Phone Numbers to reference:
FEMA’s helpline: 1-800-621-FEMA
TTY: 1-800-462-7585
VRS: 1-800-621-3362
Red Cross’s helpline: 1-800-733-2727

 

Hurricane Safety Checklist can be found here: Hurricane Safety checklist

 

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