LEARN HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME AND FAMILY SAFE DURING A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM.
GUIDE FOR RESIDENTS DURING A HURRICANE
As a hurricane approaches, it is crucial to take immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane, along with a list of resources available in California, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, and nationally:
BEFORE THE HURRICANE:
- Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather reports from local news stations, NOAA weather radio, or smartphone apps to stay informed about the hurricane’s progress.
- Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, cash, and important documents.
- Secure Property: Take steps to protect your property. Trim tree branches that could potentially damage your home, secure loose outdoor furniture, and board up windows if necessary.
- Evacuation Plan: Create an evacuation plan with multiple routes and identify shelters or safe locations in case you need to leave your home. Coordinate with family and friends to ensure everyone is accounted for.
- Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with your loved ones, designating an out-of-state contact who can relay messages to keep everyone informed of your whereabouts and safety.
DURING THE HURRICANE:
- Stay Indoors: Stay indoors and away from windows, skylights, and glass doors. Seek shelter in a small, windowless interior room, such as a bathroom or basement, if possible.
- Monitor Updates: Continuously monitor trusted sources of information for updates on the hurricane’s progression and instructions from local authorities.
- Utilize Emergency Alerts: Keep your phone charged and enable wireless emergency alerts to receive important notifications from national and local authorities.
- Avoid Flooded Areas: Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters, which can be deceptively strong and contain hidden hazards.
- Emergency Supplies: Use your emergency kit supplies, conserve resources, and follow any specific guidance provided by authorities.
AFTER THE HURRICANE:
- Safety First: Be cautious of hazards such as downed power lines, damaged buildings, and flooded areas. Do not enter your home if it has been severely damaged until it has been deemed safe by professionals.
- Listen to Authorities: Follow instructions from local authorities regarding water usage, evacuation orders, and updated safety information.
- Check on Neighbors: Check on neighbors, especially elderly or vulnerable individuals, to ensure their safety and offer assistance if needed.
- Contact Loved Ones: Use text messaging or social media to let family and friends know you are safe.
- Document Damage: Take photographs of any damage to your property and contact your insurance company to begin the claims process.
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS DURING HURRICANE HILARY:
- California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: https://www.fire.ca.gov/
- Ready.gov California: https://www.ready.gov/california
SAN DIEGO COUNTY:
- Ready San Diego Alerts: https://www.sdcountyemergency.com
- Reporting Disaster or Hazards: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/deh/disaster.html
- Office of Emergency Services: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/oes/
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:
- San Bernardino County Fire Department: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/sbcofd/
- San Bernardino County Emergency Services: https://www.sbcounty.gov/main/efm/eoc/default.asp
- Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS): https://sbcfire.org/alertwarning/
- MyOntario App (Ontario Residents Only): https://www.ontarioca.gov/MyOntarioApp
- Ontario Sandbag Distribution (Ontario Residents Only): https://www.ontarioca.gov/sandbag-distribution
LOS ANGELES COUNTY:
- Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management: https://www.lacounty.gov/emergency/
- Los Angeles Fire Department: https://www.lafd.org/
- ReadyLA: http://emergency.lacity.gov
- Emergency Management Department: https://rivcoready.org/
- Emergency Alerts: https://rivcoready.org/alert-rivco
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): https://www.fema.gov/
- National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/
Remember, it is crucial to stay informed and follow guidance from local authorities during a hurricane. By being prepared and taking appropriate actions, you can minimize risks and protect yourself and your community. Stay safe!
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