Hurricane season through November: Where to go for up-to-date, Martin County-specific information

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. (Source: www.martin.fl.us)

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and extends until the end of November. In a sixteen month period in 2004 and 2005 Martin County experienced 3 hurricanes. The Martin County Fire Rescue Department Emergency Management Agency reminds residents that knowing where to get up-to-date information before, during and after the storm is critical.

 

Martin County has designated specific times on local radio when residents can tune in to get information for our area from the Emergency Operations Center.

 

During a declared emergency, residents can obtain Martin County-specific information by tuning to WQCS-88.9 FM, the Emergency Alert System radio station designated by the State of Florida, at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

 

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.

“Do I Stay or Do I Go?”

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.

 

Citizens can also listen to WSTU 1450 AM throughout the day or log on to www.martin.fl.us for up-to-date information on the web.

 

For more hurricane preparation information, call the Martin County Emergency Management Agency at (772) 287-1652 or visit the website at www.martin.fl.us and click on EOC Emergency Information – Emergency Management Agency.

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