June 24, 2021 01:14 PM
This 2021 Hurricane Preparedness Quick Guide will help you and your family prepare for this year’s hurricane season, which began on June 1st and ends on November 30th! Preparation is key to being hurricane ready!
As part of your preparation process, take pictures of your home (both interior and exterior) in case your insurance company requests photos. Protect areas where wind can enter. Windows and doors should be secured with storm shutters or you can board up your windows with 5/8-inch plywood. Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings.
Having a hurricane plan and stocking the necessary supplies will help during and after the storm. Your plan should include how to respond to severe weather and the loss of electricity. We recommend to be ready to be self-sufficient for at least seven days which include shelter, food, water and first aid.
If your property is in a flood zone, you should have an evacuation plan so you can know in advance, where you will be riding out the storm and how much time you will need to reach your destination.
Do not begin any pruning or cleanup activities during a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning! Properly pruning trees and shrubs BEFORE hurricane season can reduce the debris generated during a storm. Proper tree pruning also increases the likelihood that a tree can weather a storm.
After a storm, DO NOT pile storm debris in rear alleyway. Alleyways should be kept clear at all times after the storm to allow trucks through. Place all debris in the front of the house to allow crews clear access to the utility lines. The Village will conduct a Village-wide assessment and disburse crews on a priority basis.
Remain inside until local authorities say it’s safe to go outside. If you must go outside, beware of fallen objects and downed electrical wires. Inspect your home for damage to ensure that it’s safe to stay there, and check for gas leaks. Ensure to stay out of areas with extensive storm damage or flooding. #MSV please be patient, cleanup after a storm can take time.
- At least one gallon of water per day, per person for 3 - 7 days
- Non-perishable snacks and packaged or canned food for at least 3 - 7 days
- Manual can opener
- Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Prescription medications, First aid kit
- Personal hygiene items
-Special items such as food for infants, the elderly or disabled family members
- Garbage bags
- Fully charged portable electronic devices with charger
- Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aid with extra batteries
- Pet care items, including food and water
- Flashlights, battery-powered radio and batteries
- Fill up your vehicle gas tank
- Extra set of car keys
- Important documents in a waterproof container or bag
- Matches (wood matches are best)
- Bug repellent or spray
- Face covering for every member of your household
- Hand sanitizer