Hurricane Preparedness

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Emergency Management Director Mark Tobert provides tips on how you can prepare for a hurricane.

    Mark Tobert: Hi! I am Mark Tobert, I am the Interim Director of Hernando County Emergency Management. This video is about how to prepare for hurricanes. Before hurricane approaches inspect your roof, windows and doors for possible leaks or for any sign for obvious wear or deterioration. Make sure that the trees have been cut back and shrubs are well maintained. Make sure that all of you lawn furniture and lose item that are out in your yard are secure before the Hurricane arrives.

    One of the most import things you can do before storm is protect your windows and doors by flying debris. Plywood is probably the least expensive option for you; easily installed with screws or bolts on the out side of your home. Make sure you cut the plywood that overlapped the windows at least by one inch. If you look in your Hurricane guide you will see the Hurricane evacuation map thats available. Evacuation zones A and B are for topical storm up to category one storm in Hurricane. C, D, E zones those are category three or above Hurricane evacuation zone. This means that water level is expected to push in that far. If you live in any of the shaded areas that are on the map, you should probably have an idea where you are going to evacuate through; county Hurricane shelters are available and listed in your Hurricane guide. If you have to go to a family members house, make sure that their resident is outside of the Hurricane evacuation zone. Hotels fill up very quickly so dont depend on them to be available for you as a shelter. An important part of your Hurricane evacuation plan is having a communication plan. Letting some one outside of the evacuation where are to going and a phone number that can contact you at. On assembling your Disaster supply kit, make sure you have the essential items that you would need normally in three day period, first thing you should have is water, each person should have one gallon of water per day for minimum of three days. Make sure that you include non-perishable foods that will store a long periods of time. Include foods in your disaster supply kit that meet your familys dietary needs. Other items to include should be flash light, extra batteries weather radio so you can monitor the current situation and extra clothing items that will keep you warm and dry when you evacuate. Include cash where ATM machines may be down and prescription medicines and your important documents. If youre staying home during a Hurricane, make sure first of all that youre not in a storm surge area where water may enter the home. Also, make sure you have a safe room identified. Safe room is an interior room with a maximum number of walls between you and the outside part of your house. Stay away from doors and windows while the storm is going on. Stand interior rooms, while youre at home the power may go out, but make sure you have a battery power radio to keep in touch with the local media on what events are going down. Once the storm is over, make sure that you check on your neighbors and your immediate family members to make sure that they are okay. Also be aware of down power lines and other hazards that are outside due to the storm.