As Tropical Storm Andrea brings her heavy rain to our region today, it’s a good time to remember the dangers of Hurricane Season, and the precautions we can take to keep ourselves and our families safe.
Many of us already know that we should have emergency kits in our homes and cars. If you don’t have one, it’s a good idea to prepare BEFORE a major storm is on its way. For tips on what to include in your emergency kit, visit http://mema.maryland.gov/prepared/Pages/DisasterSupplyKit.aspx. You should also consider making a communication plan with family and friends in case you get separated and aren’t able to communicate by phone.
If you take medications, keep a list of which ones. You’ll also want to have enough food, water and medical supplies to last three to five days without assistance from others.
And, of course, once the storm hits, there are some important steps you should take to stay safe and healthy. If your home has been flooded, there can be hidden dangers even after the water appears gone. Electrical hazards or structural damage can make a water-damaged home a dangerous place. If you’ve lost power, you’ll need to be sure to dispose of any spoiled food. And if you’re using a generator, you should never use it inside your home, garage or any enclosed structure.
These tips and many more can be found on our storm preparedness website, at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/sitepages/storm1.aspx.The Maryland Emergency Management Agency also has a wealth of information about Hurricane preparedness: http://mema.maryland.gov/pages/homePreparedness_hurricane.aspx.
Tropical Storm Andrea will likely be gone in time for us to get some sunshine this weekend, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared for next time.
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