How you can responsibly prepare for an emergency (without hoarding supplies)
SAN ANTONIO – News (and rumors) about the novel coronavirus outbreak have many people scrambling to stock up on food and supplies. Castillo recommends that people have supplies at home as well as in a go-bag in case you must evacuate. “We’re heading into spring storm season and San Antonio and surrounding areas are prone to flooding. “Be mindful that there are other people out there, and supplies need to last,” Castillo said. “We’re a community going through this together.”Here are some resources that can help you prepare for any emergency:Coronavirus prevention and resources:
Hurricane Preparedness Week: Help your neighbor
If you've made the preparations you need to make before hurricane season -- including assembling a disaster supply kit, getting an insurance checkup and strengthening your home -- how about helping your neighbor get prepared? That's the recommendation from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during Hurricane Preparedness Week. If a storm is imminent, check on your neighbor to see if they need any supplies or assistance evacuating. Then, check up on them again after the storm. If you're looking for other ways to get involved before and during a disaster, there are some ideas on the Ready.gov website.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: Strengthen your home
If you're in the path of a hurricane and you live in a storm surge evacuation zone, you may face a mandatory evacuation. If you live outside that zone, you may choose to ride out the storm at home. Either way, you want your home to be as secure as possible to prevent as much damage as you can. Even if you live far from the coast, there are things you can do to make your home safer in any storm. Secure all windows and doors on your property.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: Get an insurance checkup
Hurricane Preparedness Week is a good time to assess your family's needs and make adjustments if necessary, whether that means adding to your disaster supply kit or making sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or replace your home. Furthermore, did you know that standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding? You can ask your current insurance company about it, or get more information HERE on FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program website. New flood insurance policies require a 30-day waiting period. Flood insurance isn't just for homeowners.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: Complete a written plan
"The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins." That's the advice from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during Hurricane Preparedness Week. Officials are urging people to get prepared now by:When those preparations are in place, there is one more thing you should do: Write your plan down. When you are under stress, you may not remember all of the important details, but if you have your plan written down, you can follow it. Authorities recommend that you talk about your plan with your family and even role play.
Hurricane Preparedness Week: Assemble Disaster Supplies
Whether it's a hurricane, other natural disaster or a terrorist attack, people are encouraged to have a basic emergency supply kit on hand. (The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends starting with a three-day supply while the National Weather Service recommends having at least a week's worth of supplies.) Make sure all of your family members know where the kit is kept so they can access it in case of an emergency. It's recommended that you examine the kit every year and update it as your family's needs change. Emergency officials also recommend that you have some emergency supplies in your car and at work.
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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Develop an evacuation plan
San Antonio is not considered to be in a storm surge evacuation zone. Are you in an evacuation zone? Use your family communication plan to decide these locations before a disaster. If you have a car, keep a full tank of gas in it if an evacuation seems likely. If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to.
What to know about hurricane hazards and storm surges as hurricane season approaches
Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents. Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries. Learn the dangers of a hurricane storm surge with this fast draw video.