We are in hurricane territory along the Gulf Coast. Make no mistake, this is where tropical storms visit and we’ve all got to be prepared. Is your home in order? Do you have a list of all of your possessions? Do you know when to leave and where to go when a hurricane gets close? Get 10 things to be prepared for an emergency.
Using the links below, you’ll find surge maps, evacuation zones, and evacuation routes for central Gulf coast coastal counties. The effects of tropical storms and hurricanes extend inland so we all need to plan ahead. Know your evacuation zone. If you have a white pages or yellow pages phone book, you’ll usually find good information there on preparing for tropical trouble.
Mississippi Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation
Alabama Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation
Florida Department of Transportation Hurricane Evacuation
Jackson County Emergency Management
George County Emergency Management
Mobile County Emergency Management
Washington County Emergency Management
Clarke County Emergency Management
Monroe County Emergency Management
Conecuh County Emergency Management
Escambia County, AL, Emergency Management
Baldwin County Emergency Management
251 972-6807 (South Baldwin)
251 937-0317 (North Baldwin)
251 990-4605 (Eastern Shore)
Escambia County, FL, Division of Emergency Management
Santa Rosa County Emergency Management
Okaloosa County Emergency Management
The ABC’s of Hurricane Preparedness
Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
Batteries, batteries, batteries. Battery-powered radio and flashlight.
Canned Food (non perishable food) and a manual can opener. Cash and credit cards. Charcoal for grills.
Diapers, formula and infant items.
Elderly people have special needs.
First aid kit and essential medications.
Gas – fill your car’s gas tank. Also fill your gas grill or portable stove for alternative cooking devices.
Home – secure your home before the storm threatens (plywood, shutters, and/or protective window film, plastic sheeting, nails, etc.)
Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate.
June 1 – November 30 hurricane season lasts six months.
Keep handy the telephone numbers of several places – a friend’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions.
Medications – bring extra supplies and a list of what you’re taking.
Never use candles – they are a fire hazard.
Outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools need to be brought inside.
Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Have a plan for your family pet.
Quiet games, books, playing cards and favorite toys for children.
Refrigerator – turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows to use at the shelter or if you must evacuate.
Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over.
Utilities – Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Valuables – store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
Water – at least three gallons of water per person. Fill your own clean jugs, you don’t have to buy water!
Xtra everything – medications, batteries, cash, water, gas.
Yard – Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools
Ziplock bags – keep important phone numbers, medical and pet information, and important papers in a zipper lock bag.
The Florida Department of Financial Services http://www.myfloridacfo.com/consumers/storm/has excellent information on insurance against storms for all of us consumers, in any state. There’s a wealth of other information on wkrg.com in the Weather Education section and from NOAA. You can download a hurricane tracking chart, or other hurricane booklets like a complete Hurricane Guide that’s great for teachers and kids.
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Institutue for Disaster Safety