Hurricane Preparedness Tips for the General Public:
· Finish your preparedness activities today:
· Be sure to have a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in the event you lose power or are isolated for a number of days.
· Clear clogged rain gutters. This storm brings the potential for torrential rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding.
· Secure outdoor items such as lawn furniture, trash barrels, hanging plants, decorations, toys and awnings that can be broken or picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
· Elevate articles in your basement that could be damaged from even minor flooding.
· Keep your vehicles fully fuelled.
· Have a certain amount of cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
· Stay informed by monitoring the storm via the media.
· Plan to stay safely indoors throughout the course of the storm, beginning Sunday night and through Tuesday morning. Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and are operable.
· If you use a generator, be sure to operate it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Be sure to shut off your main power supply to your home when running your generator.
· Do not use gas stoves or candles as heat or light sources.
· Heed guidance and directives from your local officials.