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Brevard County Hurricane Preparation Hurricane Preparedness

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									                                 Hurricane Preparedness
                From the Brevard County Board of County commissioners
          Prepared by the Division of Emergency Management/Communications
                                        633-1770
                                         What To Do Now

Locate your evacuation zone and determine if and      Read this guide carefully.
when you would have to evacuate.                      Check your emergency supplies
Decide now when you plan to go if you are ordered     If you would need assistance during an evacuation and
to evacuate. You May:                                 here is no one else to help you – Register Now with your
     1. leave the region or                           local Emergency Management Office by calling 633-
     2. go to the home of a friend or relative in a   1770
          safe area
     3. go to a hotel or motel out of the area or     Remember: You will not be asked to leave your home
     4. as a last resort, go to the designated        unless you are seriously threatened. When you are
          Evacuation Control Center for public        ordered to evacuate- GO !
          sheltering.

Before a hurricane threatens                                          When a Watch is issued
Maximum storm surge which might occur                 Banking
Information about the potential for inland flooding   Be sure to have sufficient cash on hand for an extended
and storm surge is available through your local       period of time. Depending on the storm’s severity, banks
Emergency Management office. Ask about                may be closed for days or even weeks, due to damage
“SLOSH” program 633-1770                              sustained or power outages. Also, ATM machines may
                                                      not be operable and credit cards may not be accepted
Route to safety if you have to leave                  while banks are closed.
Know your escape route early. Know the number of
hours it could take you to evacuate to a safe area    Monitor storm reports or radio and television
during peak evacuation traffic. You may want to       If considering moving to a shelter, make arrangements for
consider leaving early to avoid peak evacuation       all pets. Pets are not allowed in shelters. Refill needed
traffic.                                              prescriptions. If evacuation has not already been
Location of nearest evacuation Control center         recommended, consider leaving the area early to avoid
Using the map, locate the evacuation control center   long hours on limited evacuation routes.
for your area. Plan for your family’s safety. Know
how to contact family members should the need         Check supplies;
arise.                                                Transistor radio and fresh batteries:
How safe is your home?                                Radio will be your most useful information source. Have
Near the seashore, plan to relocate during a          enough batteries to last several days. There may be no
hurricane emergency. If you live in a mobile home,    electricity. Consider purchase of an inexpensive NOAA
always plan to evacuate.                              Weather alert radio receiver on 162.55 MHz. Consult
The inventory of your property.                       your local electronics dealer.
A complete inventory of personal property will help
in obtaining insurance settlements and or tax         Flashlights, candles or lamps, matches.
deductions for losses. Inventory checklists can be    Store matches in waterproof container. Have lantern fuel
obtained from your insurance representative. Don’t    for several days. Know how to use safely.
trust your memory. List descriptions and take
pictures. Store these and other important insurance   Fuel tank of gasoline
papers in waterproof containers or in your safety     Never let your vehicle gas tank be less than half-full
deposit box.                                          during hurricane season. Fill up a soon as a hurricane
                                                      watch is posted. Remember: When there is no electricity,
What your insurance will cover.                       gas pumps don’t work.
Review your insurance policies and your coverage to
avoid misunderstandings later. Take advantage of      Canned goods and non-perishable foods
flood insurance. Separate policies are needed for     Store packaged foods which can be prepared without
protection against wind and flood damage, which       cooking and need no refrigeration. There may be no
people frequently don’t realize until to late.        electricity or gas.
                                       Hurricane Preparedness (2)

The National Weather Service categorizes                                 Weather Words
Hurricane by intensity on a scale of one to five      Hurricane Watch- Hurricane may threaten within 24
which includes:                                       hrs.
                 Saffir Simpson Scale                 Hurricane Warning- Hurricane expected to strike within
Category                      Wind/MPH                24 hours.
I                             74-95                   Tropical Depression: A cyclone with winds of less than
II                            96-110                  39 MPH or 34 Knots.
III                           110-130                 Tropical Storm: A cyclone with winds from 39 to 73
IV                            131-155                 MPH or 34 to 63 Knots.
V                             156+                    Hurricane: A violent cyclone with winds grater than 74
Containers for drinking water                         MPH or 64 Knots.
Have clean, airtight containers to store sufficient
drinking water for several days. The local water      Move boats on trailers close to house
supply could be interrupted or contaminated.          Ill boats with water to weigh them down. Lash securely to
Drinking water was most critical during hurricane     trailer and use tie-downs to anchor trailer to the ground or
Hugo.                                                 house.
Materials for protecting glass openings
Have shutters or lumber for protecting large          Check mooring Lines of Boats in Water, then Leave
windows and doors and masking tape for use on         Them
small windows
Materials for emergency repair                        Store Valuable and Personal Papers
Your insurance policy may cover the cost of           Put irreplaceable documents in waterproof containers and
materials used in temporary repairs so keep all       store in highest possible spot. If you evacuate, be sure to
receipts. These will be helpful for any income tax    take them with you.
deductions.
                                                      Prepare for Storm Surge, tornadoes, and Floods
WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED                              Storm surge, tornadoes and flash floods are the worst
Listen constantly to radio or TV                      killers associated with a hurricane. The surge of ocean
Keep a log of hurricane position, intensity and       water plus flooding of streams and rivers due to torrential
expected landfall. Discount rumors. Use telephone     rains combine to make drowning the greatest cause of
sparingly.                                            hurricane deaths.

If you live in a mobile or manufactured home
Check tie-downs and leave immediately for a safer     During Evacuation
place. Mobile or manufactured homes are not safe in
hurricane force winds.                                Remember: You will not be asked to leave your home
                                                      unless your life is seriously threatened. When you are
Prepare for high winds                                ordered to evacuate- Go !!!
Brace your garage door. Lower antennas. Be
prepared to make repairs                              Know which evacuation control center site you will
                                                      report to. Leave early, in daylight if possible. Move
Anchor Objects Outside                                your most valuable possessions that you can’t take
Garbage cans, awnings, loose garden tools, toys and   with you to higher points within your home.
other loose objects can be deadly missiles. Anchor
securely or bring indoors.                            For shelters:
                                                      Be sure to take an adequate supply of all medications
Protect windows and other glass                       you will require. Have provisions for several days.
Board up or shutter large windows securely. Tape      Take sleeping bags or blankets, flashlights, special
exposed glass to reduce shattering. Draw drapes       dietary foods, infant needs and lightweight folding
across windows and doors to protect against flying    chairs. Register every person arriving with you at the
glass if shattering does occur.                       shelter. Do not take pets, alcoholic beverages or
                                                      weapons of any kind to shelters. Be prepared to offer
                                                      assistance to shelter workers if necessary and stress to
                                                      al family members their obligations to keep the shelter
                                                      clean and sanitary. Bring a battery powered radio.
                                                                                                   pg 3

                                       Evacuation Routes
                                      Brevard County North

                                                                    Evacuation Control Centers
                                                                    A. Miracle City Mall Highway
                                                                                  US #1 Titusville
                                                                   B. Brevard Community College
                                                                                Clearlake Rd. and
                                                                            Michigan Ave. Cocoa
                                                                       C. Kennedy Middle School,
                                                                           Fiske Blvd. Rockledge




Evacuation Routes
1. Mainland residents north of Kings Highway requiring public shelter should proceed to Evacuation
Control Center A.
2. Merritt Island residents north of SR-528 exit north on SR-3 and cross SR-405 and those mainland
residents requiring public shelter should proceed to Evacuation Control Center A
3, Merritt Island residents north of SR-520 and south of SR-528 exit to the north and cross SR-528 and
those mainland residents north of SR-520 and south of King’s highway requiring public shelter should
proceed to Evacuation Control Center B.
4. Residents north of Patrick AFB and Lotus on Merritt Island exit north and cross S-520and those
mainland residents north of Barnes Blvd (Rockledge) and south of SR-520 requiring public shelter should
proceed to Evacuation Control Center C.
                                   Evacuation Routes (pg.4)
                                    Brevard County South

                                                         Evacuation Control Centers:
                                                         D. Brevard Community College, South
                                                         Wickham Rd and Post Rd. Melbourne
                                                         E. Melbourne Greyhound Park
                                                         Wickham Rd and Sarno Rd. Melbourne
                                                         F. Melbourne High School
                                                         Babcock Rd and Sheridan Rd. Melbourne
                                                         G. BCC Palm Bay Technical Center
                                                         SE Grassland Rd, Palm Bay
                                                         H. Barefoot Bay Community Center
                                                         Bldg. A Barefoot Bay Blvd, Micco




South Area Evacuation Routes:
5. Residents from the north limits of Indian Harbour Beach to Patrick AFB and Merritt Island
Residents south of Lotus will cross at Pineda Cswy. Mainland residents north of Aurora and south
of Barnes Blvd requiring public shelter should proceed to Evacuation Control Center D

6. Residents from the north limits if Indialantic to the north limits of Indian Harbour Beach cross
on SR-518 and those mainland residents north of New Haven Ave (US 192) and south of Aurora
Rd requiring public shelter should proceed to Evacuation Control Center E.

7. Residents from the south limits of Floridana Beach to the north limits of Indialantic cross on
SR-516 and proceed to Evacuation Control Center F. Mainland residents south of New Haven
Ave (US 192) to the south County line should proceed to Evacuation Control Center G, except
those residents covered in #8 below.

8. Residents south of Floridana Beach proceed south and cross SR 510 at Wabasso and
mainland residents south of Grant road to the county line and east of I-95 requiring shelter
proceed to Evacuation Control Center H.
                                     Hurricane Preparedness pg 5
  Lock Windows and Doors    Hurricane Preparedness pg(6)      Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Fires
  Turn off gas water and electricity. Check to see
  that you have done everything to protect your       The Recovery
  property from damage or loss
                                                      Insurance
  Carry Along Survival Supplies                       Insurance representatives will be on the scene
  First aid kit, personal hygiene supplies, canned    immediately following a major disaster to speed up the
  or dried foods, eating utensils, etc. bottled       handling of claims. Notify your insurance agent or broker
  water family medications, prescriptions, spare      of any losses and leave word where you can be contacted
  eyeglasses, hearing aid and batteries, if
  required. Any special dietary foods, if required    Take Steps to Protect Property
  and infant, baby foods and formula, diapers,        Make temporary repairs to protect property from further
  etc.                                                damage or looting. Use only reputable contractors.
                                                      (Sometimes in the chaotic days following a disaster,
  Keep Important Papers With You At All
                                                      unscrupulous operators will prey on the unsuspecting).
  Times Drivers license and other identification      Check the Better Business Bureau. Keep all receipts for
  papers, Insurance policies, property inventory,     materials used.
  mortgage papers, property deeds, etc. Medic
  alert or device with medical information. Maps      Be Patient
  to your destination and photographs.                Hardship cases will be settled first by insurance
  Take Warm And Protective Clothing for               representatives. Don’t assume your settlement will be the
  Children Coloring books and crayons can             same as your neighbor’s. Policy forms differ and storm
  keep young minds busy to prevent boredom.           damage is quite erratic. State, County and Municipal
  Keep marbles, jacks, wooden blocks and a deck       Damage Assessment Teams will be in the field as soon as
                                                      possible after the storm.
  of cards tucked into a bag in the cabinet or
  pantry with emergency provisions for an             It Takes a Team Effort
  “instant bag of tricks”.                            Responsibility for the clean up falls to numerous local,
  Provide For Your Pets If you will not be            state and federal; agencies. Local government officials
  boarding them in a kennel or at the vet, pets       will help residents in this effort.
  will not be allowed in shelters. Release them
  inside your house or garage. Leave them plenty      Special Needs registry
  of food for several days. Remove the toilet tank    Those individuals who are disabled,
  lid and raise the toilet seat up. Fill the tub with
                                                      handicapped or elderly infirmed, who in an
  water. Put out pet toys.
  After a Hurricane                                   emergency would need assistance
  Beware of outdoor hazards                           evacuating to a shelter, or if you know of
  Watch out for loose or dangling power lines         someone who would require assistance,
  and report them immediately to proper               contact the Brevard County Division of
  authorities. Many lives are lost by
                                                      Emergency Management/Communications
  electrocution.
  Walk or drive cautiously                            at 633-1770 to register.
  Debris filled streets are dangerous. Snakes and
  poisonous insects may be a hazard. Washouts
  may weaken roads and bridge structures which
  could collapse under vehicle weight.
  Guard Against Spoiled Food
  Food may spoil in refrigerator power is off
  more than a few hours. Freezers will keep food
  several days if doors are not opened after
  power failure, but do not refreeze food once it
  begins to thaw.
  Do Not Use Water Until Safe
   Residents from the north limits water
6.Use your emergency supply or boil if Indialantic to the north limits of Indian Harbour Beach cross
  before drinking until mainland residents
on SR-518 and thoseofficial word that the north of New Haven Ave (US 192) and south of Aurora
  water is safe. Report broken sewer proceed
Rd requiring public shelter shouldor water to Evacuation Control Center E.
  mains to proper authorities.
                     Hurricane Preparedness pg(6)
                   Supplies You Should Have At Home

Keep these supplies at home during the June to November Hurricane season. We
recommend you keep them in separate “Hurricane Kits” to find when you need them.

   1. Can opener
   2. Matches
   3. Canned or packaged food, milk, beverages 9two week non perishable food
       supply)
   4. Extra prescription medicine and first aid kit
   5. Baby food, diapers and formula
   6. Portable cooler
   7. Water (for drinking purposes, two quarts per person per day: fill bathtub and other
       containers for sanitary usage)
   8. Toiletries
   9. Eating utensils
   10. Fire extinguisher
   11. Battery operated radio, flashlights an extra batteries
   12. Emergency cooking facilities
   13. ¾ inch plywood boards to board up windows
   14. Lantern and fuel
   15. Bleach (without lemon or any other additives)
   16. Water purification tablets(can be purchased at your local pharmacy)
   17. Mosquito repellant
   18. Remember to have cash on hand

Other items that you may want to consider including:
1. Tools, including hammer and nails, 100 feet of rope and duct tape
2. Inflatable raft, life preservers
3. Tarp (canvas or plastic) and mosquito netting.
4. Sleeping bags and blankets

Items to bring to Red Cross Shelter
    1. First aid kit and adequate supply of prescription medicines for extended stay
    2. Blankets and or sleeping bag
    3. baby food, diapers and formula
    4. cards, games and books
    5. Identification and valuable papers (Insurance)
    6. Toiletries
    7. Snacks
    8. Battery operated radio, flashlight (1 per person) and extra batteries.

Note: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross Shelters.

								
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