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Hurricane Season is here- are your ready?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane season starts June 1st. Things might be different with the threat of Covid-19 this year but you need to be prepared. Always check for updates from the CDC about Covid-19

Stay informed with the weather. 

  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • If told to evacuate by local officials, do so immediately. Do not wait.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
  • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds. Be prepared that your normal shelter may not be available this year with Covid-19 going on. 
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building but do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Do not go on bridges that are over fast-moving water.
  • If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from Covid-19.
  • Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly. 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter,
  • Everyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities. 
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Listen to local officials for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

Please call SERVPRO of Howard County when you are ready. 410-465-7333

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