Hurricane Matthew: 5 basic tips you can follow to keep you and your family safe

hurricane-matthewIf your community is in the path of the hurricane, there are steps you can take right now to make sure you, your family, and your home is prepared.

Here are 5 basic preparedness tips you can follow:

  1. Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  2. Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  3. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  4. Make a family emergency communication planYour family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case.
  5. Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Shelters are beginning to open across the potentially impacted states. Download the FEMA mobile app for shelter information, disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips, in English and in Spanish. The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service. The app also enables users to receive push notifications reminding them to take important steps to prepare their homes and families for disasters.

More Information:

  1. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasts that Hurricane Matthew is likely to produce devastating impacts from storm surge
  2. Hurricane Matthew: How You Can Help

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