Preparation Key To Readiness Before The Storm (Friday 9/8/17 12am)
Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 175 mph.
Jose has strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane in the east Atlantic.
Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation for Georgia’s coastal counties.
The mandatory evacuation is in effect for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.
These Florida Counties Are Under Evacuation
Evacuation orders have been issued for the following areas:
- Miami Dade has issued mandatory evacuations for zones A and B. Miami Dade residents can find their zones by clicking HERE.
- Broward County has issued voluntary evacuations of mobile homes and low-lying areas beginning today.
- Collier County has issued voluntary evacuations of Marco Island beginning today.
- Monroe County has issued mandatory evacuations for visitors beginning this morning. Mandatory evacuations for residents will begin this evening.
- Individuals with special needs started being evacuated from Miami-Dade County this morning.
A total of 30 Georgia counties are under a state of emergency. Counties
Include: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee
Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen,
Wayne and Ware.
The time to get prepared is NOW. and LockedIN Magazine has the info:
It’s Hurricane Season and You Need To be PREPARED.
Here’s what you need in a good hurricane/disaster kit.
- Water: at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- food: at least enough for 3 to 7 days
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food/juices
- Foods for infants or the elderly
- Non-electric can opener
- Cooking tools and fuel
- Paper plates and plastic utensils
- Blankets and pillows
- Clothing: include rain gear and sturdy shoes
- First-aid kit (see list below), medicines and prescription drugs, and a list of your doctors, medications and allergies
- Prescription eyewear
- Special items for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries, hygiene items
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio (battery-operated)
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted in water, bleach can be used to kill germs)
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Phones: fully charged cellphone with an extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards (banks and ATMs might not be available)
- Toys, books, games
- Paper and pen/pencil
- Important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card(s)
- Pet care items: ID, immunization records, medication, food and water, a carrier or cage, a muzzle and leash
Also, make sure your vehicle’s fuel tank is filled.
- Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves
- Sterile dressings
- Soap and antibiotic towelettes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages (variety of sizes)
- Eye wash solution
Additional items you might want:
- Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Aspirin or other pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Outside the home
- Refill special medications.
- Get cash (ATMs may not work for days after). Don’t charge credit cards to the limit; you might need extra cash after the storm.
- Get supplies.
- Don’t fill gasoline cans until right before the storm; they are a fire hazard.
- Fill vehicle fuel tank. Gas stations could run out and some will not have power to run pumps.
- Check your car’s battery, water and oil.
- Make sure you have a spare tire and buy aerosol kits that fix and inflate flats.
- Check fire extinguishers.
- If you own a boat, make necessary preparations.
- Prepare your pool. Don’t drain it.
- If you own a plane, have it flown out or secured.
- Get shutters, storm panels or plywood in place on windows. If you haven’t installed sockets, attach with wood screws; they’re better than nails and do less damage.
- Don’t tape windows; tape can create daggers of glass and in the heat can later bake onto panes.
- Remove swings and tarps from swing sets. Tie down anything you can’t bring in. Check for loose rain gutters, moldings.
- Move grills, patio furniture and potted plants into your house or garage.
- If you do any last-minute pruning, take clippings inside so they don’t become hazards in the wind.
- Disconnect and remove satellite dish or antenna from your roof.
- Check your mailbox. If it’s loose, secure or remove it.
- Remove roof turbines and cap holes with screw-on caps. Unsecured turbines can fly off and create a large hole for rain to pour through.
- Prepare patio screening. It usually is built to sustain tropical-force winds, but with higher winds, it can separate from the frame. Officials recommend you remove a 6-foot panel on each side to let wind pass through. Pull out the tubing that holds screening in frame to remove screen.
- Secure and brace external doors, especially the garage door and double doors.
- Move vehicles out of flood-prone areas and into garages if possible. If not, park cars away from trees and close to homes or buildings.
- Don’t turn off your natural gas at the main meter. Only emergency or utility people should do that.
Inside the home
- Seal key documents — including passports, wills, contracts, insurance papers, car titles, deeds, leases and tax information — in zip plastic bags and get into a protected, dry place, such as a safe-deposit box or home safe.
- Monitor the news
- Set the refrigerator to its coldest setting in anticipation of the power failing.
- Fill the bathtub. It may be your main supply of water.
- Stock heavy-duty garbage bags for post-storm home and yard cleanup.
- Check flashlight and radio batteries and have extras on hand.
- Charge rechargeable cellphones, drills, power screwdrivers, flashlights, lanterns and batteries.
- Make sure you have enough toilet paper to last until you can safely get to the store again.
- If you live in mobile home, you should evacuate if a hurricane of any strength is heading your way.
- Move furniture away from windows or cover with plastic.
- Move as many valuables as possible off the floor to limit flooding damage.
- If possible, secure small, fragile and/or valuable items that could be thrown around if winds enter your home.
- If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, you must evacuate if an order is given. Please see evacuation zone maps (if available) to find out which areas must evacuate for Category 1 or 2 hurricanes and which must leave for Category 3 or higher storms.
- Your first choice should be to stay with a friend or family member who is living close by but is not in a flood-vulnerable area.
- If you plan to leave, start packing. Don’t wait until the storm is almost here to get on the road.
Do not leave pets at home, especially if you live in an evacuation area. Even if they survive the storm, they might flee a damaged home and be lost in the chaos.
It might be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead.
Keep a list of “pet-friendly” places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information. For an impending storm, call ahead for reservations. The web site petswelcome.com maintains a list of hotels that accept pets.
Take clear, color photos (frontal, left and right sides) of you with your pet, and store these with your pet’s license, medical records and ownership papers in a waterproof carrier to take with you. Include pictures of the pet with you to help with any challenge to your ownership. Take photos with your cellphone so they’re stored there as well.
Pet Disaster Kit:
- Medications and medical records (in a waterproof container)
- Collar or harness for each pet
- Non-spill food and water dishes
- 14-day supply of food, water in nonbreakable containers
- Manual can opener
- Grooming supplies
- Pet’s blanket and favorite toy
- Cleanser and disinfectant to handle wastes
- Newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags