With the hurricane season now upon us, Cy-Fair Hospital wants to remind you to be prepared. Make sure to take time to create a disaster plan with your family and collect the supplies you would need during a storm.
“Hurricane season runs from June 1st until November 30th, and it is crucial that we prepare ourselves in the event that a hurricane does strike,” urges Terry Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “After seeing the damage that Hurricane Ike did, we urge our community to not take any chances.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends the following to prepare for hurricane season:
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
- Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
- Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.
- Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
- Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
- Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit (see more below)
- Use a weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
- Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.
You should also prepare a Disaster Supply Kit, which should include the following:
- Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days, non-perishable items
- Blankets / Pillows, etc.
- Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items - for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Battery operated radio
- Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight re-sealable plastic bag
- Tools - keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items, including proper identification and medical records
“We hope this hurricane season will be one of calm seas and minimal storm activity for our region,” says Wheeler. “However, we will keep close watch on any tropical developments so we can prepare to face any situation that comes our way – just as we have done for the past 27 years.”
For more information on hurricanes and how you can prepare, visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Hurricane.