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Posted on September 3, 2019 at 4:19 PM by Sharon Hoggard
Preparing for Hurricanes:
a hurricane or tropical storm WATCH (threat
of hurricane or tropical storm conditions within 36 hours), monitor local radio
or television stations for official emergency information and instructions.
Make a plan to evacuate in
case you are asked to do so. During evacuations, roadways can get
crowded and airports might close.
Before the Storm – Interior Preparations
that vital records are in a safe storage area. Files, records and storage
cabinets might be wrapped in plastic for moisture protection.
If necessary, temporarily relocate records to a safe storage facility off-site.
hurricane emergency supplies and restock if necessary.
all desk and table tops of small loose items.
first floor doorways with sandbags, duct tape or heavy plastic to protect interior from possible flooding.
all electrical appliances and equipment.
or place any loose papers, books, hanging plants, etc., in desk drawers or storage cabinets.
and lock all windows. Draw the blinds or drapes.
adequate cash to operate for several days.
you are advised to evacuate, lock the doors when you leave.
your property. Install hurricane shutters over glass doors and windows or
install protective material such as plywood (at least ½ inch thick). Make
sure the plywood is flush against the wall and tight – gaps will allow wind to
down or bring indoors any objects that might be blown around by hurricane winds
(outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, display racks, signs and any
other loose objects that are normally left outside).
all outdoor signs, particularly those that swing or might cause damage during
all items that cannot be brought inside.
antennas and loose objects from the roof.
trees and shrubs well-trimmed.
that all vehicles are serviced and fueled. Determine where they can be
stored during the storm.
After the Storm:
a hurricane or tropical storm, stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding,
even after the hurricane or tropical storm has weakened.
away from flood water. Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid
flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. After the
hurricane and after flood waters recede, roads could be weakened and could
the exterior of the building and walls, floors, doors, staircases and windows
to make sure that the building is not in danger of collapsing.
clean-up, document damages, and contact your insurance agent.
for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open
a window and get everyone outside quickly. Turn off the gas, using the
outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company. If you turn off
the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
someone needs to be rescued, call professionals with the right equipment to
help. Many people have been killed or injured trying to rescue others in
away from loose or downed power lines. Immediately report them to the power
company, police or fire department.
Find assistance and more tips for making a family emergency plan and how to prepare for a hurricane on the city of Portsmouth website at http://portsmouthva.gov/247/Emergency-Management and the VDEM website at http://www.vaemergency.gov/