Hurricane preparedness: Do you live in a storm surge area?

Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th….Are you prepared? The #1 decision for you is “Do I Stay or Do I Go?”

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most serious and dangerous threats. The recent Atlantic hurricane seasons were the busiest on record with a total of 8 hurricanes and 2 tropical storms impacting Florida in a 13-month span. We have seen the devastating impact that violent storms like Hurricane Katrina can have on communities. Experts are predicting an active season this year. Weather experts say it’s not a matter of IF another hurricane will hit the Treasure Coast Region, but WHEN. The best way you can ensure survival and recovery from a hurricane is to be prepared. Check out the storm surge area map for Martin County: http://ap3server.martin.fl.us:7778/portal/page?_pageid=350,4232631&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Plan to Stay If:

  • You live in a structure that is built after 1973 when Florida adopted a standard building code.
  • You do not live in a manufactured or mobile home.
  • Your home is not vulnerable to storm surge or inland flooding.
  • You have reduced the threat of falling trees by trimming and/or removing dead, dying or diseased trees.
  • You have mitigated the effects of severe winds on your home by installing hurricane shutters on windows and bracing your garage door.
  • You have prepared a multi-hazard Disaster Response Plan for yourself, your family and your pets.
  • You have prepared a Disaster Survival Kit that includes cash, two weeks supply of food, water and one month’s supply of prescription medicines.
  • You have identified a Safe Room within your home.
  • You have a battery-powered radio and/or TV with extra batteries.

Plan to Go If:

  • An evacuation order has been issued.
  • You live in a structure that was built prior to 1973 when Florida adopted a standard building code.
  • You do live in a manufactured or mobile home.
  • Your home is vulnerable to storm surge or inland flooding.
  • You can leave early enough to meet estimated regional clearance times. It is very dangerous to be on the highway during a storm.

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