Hurricane Season -Be Prepared
Hurricane Safety Documents
MEMA OFFERS PRECAUTIONS FOR Hurricane
As we enter the 2011 Hurricane Season,
which experts are predicting to be very active, the Massachusetts
Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is offering personal preparedness
tips for the all of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
“Every home and business should have a basic supply kit that could be used for any emergency, regardless of the time of year,” states MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Everyone should keep certain items asround the house in the event of a hurricane or other severe weather. A portable radio, flashlight, extra batteries extra non-perishable food, water and a first aid kit are all essential to help your family weather the storm.”
Each household should have a supply of canned goods and other non-perishable foods that do not need cooking, along with bottled water, extra prescription medication, and extra food and supplies for infants and pets. A manual can opener and a basic first aid kit are also essential.
“All families should develop a ‘Family Emergency Communication Plan’ to help ensure everyone is safe. You should contact your local authorities to learn about potential evacuation routes and the location of emergency shelters in your community,” said Boyce. “It is important to familiarize yourself with your Community’s Emergency Plans before an emergency situation occurs.”
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness Month, go to www.mass.gov/mema.
HURRICANE DISASTER SUPPLY KIT
Canned goods and nonperishable foods that do not need cooking:
Portable outdoor camping stove or grill with fuel supply
• A certain amount of cash
• Important documents (Such as wills, deeds, prescriptions, passports, birth certificates, health record, proof of address, Social Security number)
• Plastic trash bags
• Plastic sheeting or tarp
• Chlorinated bleach
• Personal hygiene items
• Other useful items:
• Work gloves
• Sun lotion
• Insect repellent
• Razor knife
• Ax or chainsaw
• Rope caulking
• Nails and screws
• Rope and wire
• Broom, mop and bucket
• All-purpose cleaner
• Portable generator
• Tree pruner
• Shovel, rake and wheelbarrow
• Sheets of plywood
FAMILY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
Develop a Family Emergency Communications Plan in case family members are separated from one another during an emergency (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school, camp or at a friend’s house). This plan should also address reunification after the immediate crisis passes.
• Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person. During and immediately after a disaster occurs, it is often easier to access a long distance telephone number than a local one. Also, calling outside a disaster area is usually easier than calling into the same area.
• Make sure everyone knows the name, address and telephone number of the Family Emergency Communications Plan contact person.
• Designate two meeting areas for family members – one within your community (your primary location), and one outside of your community (your alternate location). Sometimes an emergency could impact your neighborhood or small section of the community, so a second location outside of your community would be more accessible to all family members.
• Be familiar with the Emergency Plans at your children’s school and camp, as well as your place of business.
A Family Emergency Communications Plan can help reassure everyone’s safety and minimize the stress associated with emergencies
OFFERS TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM HURRICANES
During this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season (June 1-November 30), the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) urges homeowners to protect their property from strong winds, damaging rains, and flooding that hurricanes or tropical storms can bring to New England.
“There are several steps which we can all take to help make our homes more storm resistant,” said MEMA Director Don Boyce. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety.”
Here are some examples of how to protect your property:
• Learn the particular hurricane risks for your area. Find out if your home is subject to storm surge or inland flooding.
• Make a record of your personal property. Keep an itemized list of your furniture, clothing and valuables to assist adjusters in case of a claim. Back it up with photographs or video.
• Protect your insurance policies and other important documents in a secure place like a safe deposit box or a watertight box.
• Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Remove diseased or damaged tree limbs that could be blown down during a storm.
• Clear clogged rain gutters. Hurricanes/tropical storms often bring heavy rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
• Make sure storage sheds or other outbuildings are securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors.
• Make temporary plywood covers to protect windows and sliding doors. Drill holes for screws or lag bolts in each cover and around each window. Use a numbering or lettering system that shows which cover goes with which window. Store the mounting screws or lag bolts with the covers in a place where they are readily accessible. Note: Taping of windows does not prevent them from breaking.
a list of outdoor items to bring inside in case of a storm, such
as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, toys and awnings.
A list will help you remember anything that can be broken or picked
up by strong winds and used as a missile.
• Learn to safely shut off utilities, as well as where gas pilots and water mains are located.
• Close and lock doors and windows to ensure that they are closed tight to help protect against strong winds and rain.
• Buy Flood Insurance. Unlike damage from hurricane winds, water damage from coastal or inland flooding is not covered by homeowners insurance. Contact your local insurance agent or contact the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.