Three Preparedness Steps
Steps for Preparedness
Get prepared for hurricane season by following three simple steps.
Step One: Create a Family Disaster Plan
Identify ahead of time where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places: a family's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. Keep telephone numbers of these places on hand as well as maps to each location. Keep your gas tanks full during hurricane season. Make sure to include a plan for your pets.
If you will need assistance evacuating before the storm, call 2-1-1 or contact the Nassau bay Police Dept. at 281-333-2212. Carry a list of telephone numbers that includes emergency contacts, family members, and other important numbers, such as your family doctor.
Step Two: Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit
Your supply kit should include the following items:
Step Three: Stay Informed
- Water - one gallon per person per day
- Food - a three-day supply of non-perishable foods
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Local maps
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert
- Extra batteries
- Pet food, water, and supplies
- Medications, prescriptions, and medical equipment
- Can opener for food
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank records
- Other items you may need
Stay informed before, during, and after the storm to better protect your home and your family. Learn about the different hurricane evacuation routes. View the 2011 Hurricane Evacuation Map
for our region. Review the City's local emergency plan. Purchase a NOAA weather radio and battery-powered radio to stay informed throughout the storm. Monitor local radio and TV stations for updates before and after the storm.
The Office of Emergency Management now uses several sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace to keep our citizens informed. Updated information will be posted on the Citizens Hotline at 866.642.4153. Add this number to your list of emergency contacts and store an extra copy in your emergency supply kit.
The City will notify you before, during, and after a storm through local media and the City's public notification system, Alert Me! Blackboard Connect
. With this system, the City may contact you via phone, email, and text message. Make sure to register your cell phone number so that you will continue to receive updates once you have evacuated.