With the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season underway, we wanted to offer a few tools to help you keep your family safe. There is a lot to remember during a storm, but the most important is being prepared ahead of time! Below you will find a helpful list of items to add to your hurricane kit, along with a checklist to help you get ready for the storm, including what to do with your pet!
You can rest in knowing that Z88.3 works directly with the National Weather Service to bring weather warnings to Central Florida. As the point of entry for the Emergency Alert System in Central Florida, we receive severe weather warnings first. As we send the warning out to all other local broadcast media, we are also on the air giving you the latest about the storm, before anyone else receives it. That’s why we promise you Weather Warnings First. For more about this role, please visit our Emergency Alert System Page.
Now is the time to prepare for a storm! Remember, we are always here with you before, during and after the storm with the latest updates to help you keep your family safe, so keep your radio on Z88.3!
- June 1 – November 30
Develop a Family Disaster Plan
- Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and winds.
- Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricame 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 out 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.
- Develop a PET Plan.
- 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 (72 Hour Kit).
- Use a NOAA 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.
Develop a Pet Plan
- Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
- Have a current photograph.
- Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
- Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
- Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet! Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.
Disaster Supply Kit
- View a hurricane supplies kit list.