Be Prepared: Hurricane Season 2013 is Coming

With hurricane season quickly approaching, and a large number of our service members stationed near the East and West coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, it is worth taking time to prepare your family and yourself, in the event that a hurricane may affect you.  The National Military Family Association hopes this information will help keep all our service members and families safe this hurricane season.

In order to prepare yourself, you should: 

  • Organize an emergency kit, and develop an emergency family plan specifically suited to your family 
  • Check your installation or unit’s website for emergency plans 
  • Identify any features around or near your home that may be impacted by hurricane-related weather, (for example, elevation and flood plain or levees and dams that may prove hazardous) 
  • Familiarize yourself with the nearest evacuation route to higher ground, and plan where you would go 
  • Prepare your home, including protecting windows; securing the roof to the frame structure; reinforcing garage doors; and safeguarding (or moving indoors) exterior objects that may become dislodged

For more information regarding hurricane preparedness, especially how to create your emergency kit and emergency family plan, please visit the FEMA READY site or Military OneSource’s webpage devoted to hurricane preparedness.  The National Military Family Association has a section devoted to disaster preparedness, as well, with many great resources.  Additionally, the American Red Cross has a Hurricane App with many great features to aid you before, during, and after a hurricane.

(Source: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes)

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