May 22-28 is Hurricane Preparedness Week

|  May 23, 2011 |

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Region 6 is joining its federal, state and local partners in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to commemorate Hurricane Preparedness Week by sharing critical information about the 2011 Hurricane Season which starts on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

The week-long commemoration provides an opportunity for emergency management experts to remind everyone about this year’s outlook for the Atlantic Hurricane Season and how to prepare in advance.

“We encourage everyone to take basic steps to get ready before hurricane season begins,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Russell. “Everyone should put together an emergency kit, create a family plan and stay informed.”

Those in hurricane-prone areas are urged to prepare now.

Before a hurricane

  • Prepare an evacuation kit; you can find more information on what you need in the kit at www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov.
  • Secure any important papers in a waterproof container.
  • Fill your vehicle’s tank up with gas.
  • Get any necessary prescription medications refilled.
  • Have enough cash on hand to last for several days.
  • Make sure you have enough extra food and water for your pet.
  • Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well-trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

During a hurricane

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate, be sure to follow their instructions.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.

After a hurricane

  • Safety is a primary issue, as is your physical and mental well-being.

For more information on the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season at  www.gohsep.la.gov/hurricane.aspx, www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/pages/weather_aware_hurricane.htm and www.fema.gov.

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