You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family. If you live in areas at risk, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to begin preparing for hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 each year.
Please follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:
- Prepare for a hurricane. Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Collect any emergency supplies you will need beforehand. Stock your home and your car with supplies.
- Make a plan. Create a family disaster plan.
- Avoid flooded areas. Take precautions before, during and after a flood.
- Prepare to evacuate. Never ignore an evacuation order.
- Protect older adults. Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protect pets. Ensure your pet’s safety before, during and after an emergency.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the storm. Ensure your CO detector has working batteries. Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
- After a hurricane, learn how to avoid injuries, make sure your food and water are safe, and clean up mold safely.
After you have read these tips, please review the other resources available on the CDC Hurricanes website. CDC strongly recommends that you print all important resources before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it. Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe.
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If you experience overwhelming feelings following a traumatic event, it is important to seek professional help immediately. Your BHS Care Coordinator can assist you with getting the help and resources you need. Call your Coordinator for assistance at 800-245-1150.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Updated 2018, May 29). Preparing for a hurricane or tropical storm. Retrieved August 22, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov.