Hurricane Isaias: What You Need To Know
Hurricane Isaias is predicted to make landfall on Florida’s East Coast and lead to heavy rainfall, storm surge, wind, and flooding as early as tomorrow, August 1. We want you and your family to stay safe during the storm and all throughout the 2020 hurricane season. Here’s what you can do to prepare before Hurricane Isaias makes landfall.
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Your home can endure a lot. Before Hurricane Isaias, take certain steps to make your home and property as safe as possible. Bring all loose items — such as patio chairs, tables, plants, and toys — inside to prevent them from flying around in the wind. Use your hurricane shutters or if your home has impact-resistant windows, ensure no gaps, leaks, or other damages are noticeable. If you do not own any shutters, use pre-cut plywood, as this can adequately cover your windows and protect your home from flying debris.
Prepare An Emergency Kit
It never hurts to have all the bases covered. With Hurricane Isaias quickly approaching, assemble an emergency kit in case your power goes out. A comprehensive kit includes some or all of the following items.
- Food Supply For 72 Hours
- Bottled Water
- Prescription Medications
- First Aid Kit
- Manual Can Opener
- Basic Tools
- Cell Phone Portable Chargers
- Pet Food (If Needed)
Gather Necessary Information
Prior to storm landfall, it’s important to have a plan in case your home’s structural integrity fails or the storm intensity becomes too great, and evacuation is necessary. Start by writing down a list of local shelters and evacuation zones in your area. Next, select a room in your house that is on the ground floor and has no windows, as this will be the best place in your home for you and your family in the event that getting to a shelter safely is not a viable option.
Come Up With An Evacuation Plan
In the event an emergency evacuation is needed, develop a plan of action for your family, taking into account that you might become separated and need alternative methods to locate one another and communicate. After deciding to evacuate and confirming your plan of action, bring the emergency kit, items for pets, all important documents — such as social security cards, birth certificates, and the deed to your property —, personal identification, and any other irreplaceable personal belongings.