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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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