Hurricanes can strike anywhere along the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico coast, Caribbean Sea islands and coasts, Pacific Ocean islands and coasts, and, rarely, the southern California coast.

United States coastal areas are especially vulnerable to hurricane destruction because of their topographical makeup and heavy population concentrations. The areas along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts where most of the U.S. hurricane-related fatalities have occurred are also experiencing the country’s most significant growth in population, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected; the time to prepare is NOW. Acadian Ambulance wants to you to be prepared before, during and after the storm.

Supplies Kit

  • Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations. Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work, and vehicles.
  • Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

If you plan to evacuate

  • Prepare your home by viewing the House section of the basic disaster supplies kit section
  • Bring your basic disaster supplies kit
  • Take a copy of all important documents and store in a waterproof container and in a secure location
  • Make sure your gas tank is full before getting on the road. Bring a full gas container as well

If you plan to stay

  • Listen to your local radio stations for the most up-to-date information
  • If you have gas items you need to operate after the storm (generator, chainsaw, etc.); fill gas storage container(s)
  • Prepare your hurricane kit by viewing the basic disaster supplies kit 

During the Storm

  • Listen to your local radio stations for the most up-to-date information
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed
  • Avoid using the phone except for emergencies
  • Stay indoors and away from windows and glass doors
  • Close ALL interior doors
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level of your home

After the Storm

  • If you have evacuated, return only after the all clear is given for your area
  • Do not venture on to roads until you have been advised they are passed and safe
  • Carefully inspect your home and perform an exterior assessment for safety issues
  • Be on the lookout for downed power lines and avoid if identified
  • Do not enter your home if you smell gas or other toxic fumes
  • If any safety issues are present, have your home inspected by a qualified building inspector or engineer
  • Watch for and avoid loose animals and poisonous snakes
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning hazards; DO NOT operate generators, grills, or other gas operated appliances indoors

Remember, recovering from a natural disaster is usually a gradual process. Make a plan, and stay informed for when a hurricane strikes.

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