The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Hurricanes Matthew and Florence are reminders that the chances of a hurricane impacting this area are very real.
The National Weather Service has predicted for the 2019 hurricane season 13 named storms, five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Even with tropical storms, there is a serious threat of heavy rains, flash flooding, tidal flooding, strong winds, tornadic activity, powerful ocean swells and dangerous rip currents along the shore. Being prepared in the event of a hurricane or any adverse weather should be a priority for everyone.
Fort Bragg conducted a power outage exercise April 25, and for a few hours, many were without power. Now is the time to ensure a Family plan and emergency kit is in place.
Build and maintain an emergency kit that will sustain a Family for three to seven days. Staying informed also leads to safety.
Here are some useful tips on how to build a kit and remain prepared
for the hurricane season:
Before the storm
Build an emergency kit to include food and bottled water;
Make a Family communications plan;
Fuel vehicles, place important documents in waterproof containers and take photos of property;
Plan an evacuation route and location if told to evacuate;
Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else not tied down.
During the storm
Listen to the radio — NOAA Weather Radio, social media or TV for information;
Secure your home, turn off utilities if instructed to do so and turn the refrigerator and freezer thermostats to their coldest setting and keep the doors closed;
Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water for sanitary purposes;
Stay indoors and away from windows, evacuate if instructed to do so.
After the storm
Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or local news for updates;
Stay alert for flooding;
Drive only if necessary, avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges;
Keep away from downed power lines and report them immediately to the power company;
Walk carefully around the outside of your home and check for sink holes, gas leaks and structural damage;
Never use a generator inside homes, garages or similar areas.
For more information visit www.readync.org, https://ready.army.mil and https://home.army.mil/bragg/index.php/about/ready-bragg.