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Complete a Written Plan

There are many resources to research on how to better prepare yourself and your family in case of an impending hurricane. Take the time, have that conversation and cut down on the chaos.

Weather.gov says the time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

Ready.gov lists 4 steps in creating a plan;

  • Start your emergency plan by asking these 4 key questions.
    • 1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? You can set up your own alerts by visiting Indian River County or Brevard County
    • 2. What is my shelter plan? Go to page 9 of disaster preparedness guide of Indian River CountyBrevard County will announce shelter locations once they are open. You can also text to search open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362. Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply)
    • 3. What is my evacuation route? On page 8 in the disaster preparedness guide of Indian River County. Visit Brevard County for their information.
    • 4. What is my family / household communication plan? Create your own by Fema.
  • Consider specific needs in your household. Are there anything special with regard to dietary, medical, pets, or aging adults etc?
  • Fill out a family emergency plan. Create a copy for all family members.
  • Practice your plan with your family / household. Have a conversation with your family and stress the importance of practicing, you may be away from your family when a tropical storm or hurricane is announced. Practice, practice, and practice some more until everyone is comfortable.

Visit Fema.gov to see how they break their plan into 12 easy steps.

  1. Sign up for Alerts and Warnings
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Save for a Rainy Day
  4. Practice Emergency Drills
  5. Test Family Communication Plan
  6. Safeguard Documents
  7. Plan with Neighbors
  8. Make Your Home Safer
  9. Know Evacuation Routes
  10. Assemble or Update Supplies
  11. Get Involved in Your Community
  12. Document and Insure Property

Ask yourself and your family the “What if?” questions. What are the special things that only apply to your own family? It doesn’t matter how many steps you take or which government site to create your plan from, make it easier for you and your family to understand and of course put it into play.

Don’t wait until you are in the middle of the disaster.

Throughout this 7 part series, I’ve referred to the Indian River County Disaster Preparedness Guide as a great resource, mainly because it’s specific to our location, our natural disasters and in one document there are the phone numbers, shelters and other resources available to research for yourself before a disaster occurs. Please refer back to Gotta Gal’s blog on any of the 7 part series titled, “Hurricane Preparedness Week.”

Visit Gotta Gal’s Storm Services page for help in your preparation.

Prepare, Practice and Be Proactive!