It’s important that you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an
emergency. You should also understand the ways you can get information about
potential threats, such as text alerts, emergency sirens in your community, or other
methods. Being prepared now may save you steps later.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized
government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners
include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of
Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. This service is available on
most phones. Please consult your cell phone service provider for more information
or visit http://www.ctia.org/wea.
An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items that you might need during an
emergency. Discuss the kit with your family so they are aware of the content and
Emergency Supply Kit Items may include:
• Water-one gallon per person, per day
• Food-nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
• Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• 7 day Medication Supply and other medical supplies. Have medical paperwork
with doctor information and emergency contact information
• Multipurpose tool (Swiss army knife)
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, wet wipes)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Emergency blanket
• Map(s) of the area
• Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Manual can opener
• Supply of food and water for pets including current tag and license.
• Bug repellent
• Plastic tarp
Hurricanes are tropical storms with winds in the range of 74-160 mile per hour. The
dangers of a hurricane include wind, heavy rain and storm surges. A hurricane can
potentially last up to two weeks.
It is important to your elevation level and determine if you are in an evacuation zone.
You may be a flood prone area which may impose a threat for potential storm surges.
Know your communities evacuation routes so you get to higher ground quickly
• Keep trees and shrubs well-trimmed to make them more resistant. Palm trees
should be pruned so loose palms do not carry through high wind occurrences.
• Repair any loose gutters and clear any clogged downspouts.
• Bring all outdoor furniture and items indoors that are not secured down. Wind
can carry these items being a potential threat to your home.
• Remember winds are stronger at higher elevations so remain on the ground floor.
• Know where your gas, water and electrical shut off locations are and know how
to shut them off.
• Identify an emergency contact that may be out of town to communicate with your
loved ones on your status.
• Teach your family members how to text. Outgoing phone calls may not go
through but there is higher chance texts will.