This is a social good post on behalf of Bloggin' Mamas and the Ad Council.
I was a child when Hurricane Andrew hit our house in Miami. It made our gazebo fly like Dorothy's House in the Wizard of Oz, made our pool patio collapse into the pool, blew open our front door and made an indoor wading pond of our sunken living room.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and will end on November 30. In other words- we're in Hurricane Season!!!
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
- Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.
- If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767 or visit the American Red Cross Safe and Well site:www.safeandwell.org
- The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
- For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources
These are just a few of the great tips and suggestions they have on that site. I hope never to have to use any of them, but it's good to know they're there.