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2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Preparedness Tips
FLAGLER BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
204 SOUTH FLAGLER AVENUE • FLAGLER BEACH, FL 32136
(386) 517-2023 • FAX (386) 517-2022
CHIEF Matthew P. Doughney
Public Service Announcement
May 10, 2023
2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Preparation Tips
Yes, it’s that time of year again! The Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1, 2023 and runs through November 30, 2023. The following information is being provided in advance of this year’s season in order to alert our community about advanced preparation efforts should a Tropical Cyclone event threaten our community. In 2022, Hurricanes Ian and Nicole impacted our community, causing numerous issues, and no matter what the expert predictions are for this year’s season, we need to be well prepared. The severity and unpredictability of these types of storms in recent history should serve as reminders that Tropical Storms/Hurricanes pose a serious threat to our community.
Family Preparedness Tips
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Don’t forget a plan for your pet(s).
- Start purchasing necessary items (water, batteries, toilet paper, etc.) now and avoid the rush. Buy a few cases of water and a couple packages of batteries this week and store them in a safe place. If you can accomplish this two (2) or three (3) times you’ll avoid having to rush to get these items; which will be in extremely high demand.
- Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Be sure that trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed, so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies and test the generator before a storm.
- Get any cash you may need before banks close (ATM's may not work due to loss of electricity).
- Locate and place important documents in a waterproof container.
- Charge your cell phone battery in case you need to take pictures of property damage. Keep a cell phone charger in your vehicle and consider buying additional phone chargers or boosters.
- Fill up your vehicle's gas tank because if there is a power outage in your area, gas pumps won't work.
- First sanitize and then fill your bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water for sanitary usage.
- To keep food fresh, turn the settings on your refrigerator & freezer to their highest settings in case of a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in your house.
- If you’re asked to evacuate, please be assured there are valid concerns for your safety and you should consider implementing your evacuation plan immediately.
- Please pay attention to local Law Enforcement announcements. The Flagler Beach Police Departments Facebook page will post timely and accurate information, both pre and post storm, for the City of Flagler Beach. This will include evacuation and re-entry information should a storm impact our City.
- Here’s the link to our Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/FlaglerBeachPolice/
Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pet(s)
- Local and State health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)
- Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask if "no pet" policies can be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies.
- Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animal(s).
- Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include twenty-four (24) hour phone numbers.
- Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster.
Additional Hurricane preparedness information can be obtained by accessing any of the following websites;
FEMA website: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Flagler County Emergency Operation Center (EOC): https://www.flaglercounty.gov/departments/emergency-management
Flagler County EOC Printable Preparedness Guide: https://www.flaglercounty.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/474/637466933286900000
Red Cross website: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html
Red Cross Preparedness Checklist: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/get-help/pdfs/hurricane/EN_Hurricane-Safety-Checklist.pdf
Humane Society: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/make-disaster-plan-your-pets