The Huntsville Examiner reminds its readers and residents that next week, most Gulf States are officially recognizing “Hurricane Preparedness Week.”
The week of recognition should remind everyone of the importance of early preparation as hurricane season officially starts on Monday, June 1.
Each year we are faced with threats of severe weather and possible hurricane impact.
It was only ten years ago that Hurricane Katrina hit several Gulf states and devastated the Gulf Coast. While everyone has worked tirelessly to help restore property, many are still suffering the long-term effects of the disastrous storm.
As we approach this hurricane season, take the time to share some information and resources that can help better prepare you and protect your family, home and business.
Preparing your household
Develop a Family Communication Plan, which could include:
- The room your family will take shelter in during the storm, which should be a small interior room, such as a closet, hallway, bathroom on the lowest level.
- What actions each family member will do in the event of a hurricane
- Designate a friend or out-of-state relative to be an emergency point of contact.
Assemble a three-five day emergency disaster kit, which could include:
- Flashlight and battery-powered radio with additional batteries/hand-crank rechargeable flashlight/radio
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable foods
- Toiletry items
- Pet food
- Medicine and prescription medication
- Copies of important family papers and documents
Preparing your business
- Develop and administer your preparedness program.
- Examine ways to prevent hazards and reduce risks.
Talk with your employees about:
- Resource management
- Crisis communications
- How to continue your business after the storm has ended
Create a plan, which could include:
- A business impact analysis
- Lost sales and income
- Increased expenditures
- Regulatory fines
- Delay of new business plans
Other useful websites that provide hurricane preparedness information:
Social media can also be a useful tool during a time of emergency. Below is a list of Twitter accounts you can follow for more information on preparedness or to receive regular updates during weather emergencies:
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