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Hurricane Season begins June 1st... are you prepared?

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1) Make a plan

2) Build a kit

3) Stay informed


Hurricane Season begins June 1st... are you prepared?‎ > ‎ 


Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Scientists can now predict hurricanes, but people who live in coastal communities should plan what they will do if they are told to evacuate.
Though Delaware has never had a direct hit of a hurricane, it has experienced some of the most powerful parts of nearby storms.  Most recently in 2003, Hurricane Isabel caused over 40 million dollars in damage to the State of Delaware leading to a Presidential disaster of only 12 for the state.  Think it can't happen here?  It can.
Plan to Evacuate
  • Identify ahead of time where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency, a friend's home in another town, a motel or public shelter.
  • If you do not have a car, plan alternate means of evacuating.
  • If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.
  • Take your Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency.



Prepare Your Home
  • Cover all of your home's windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
  • Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.




Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane.


  • A tropical storm watch means conditions indicate that a tropical storm is possible, but has not yet occurred.
  • A tropical storm warning is when a tropical storm is expected to strike the area within 24 hours. The warning will include an assessment of flooding dangers, high wind warnings for the storm's periphery, estimated storm effects and recommended emergency procedures.
  • A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments.
  • A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately.




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