ST. MARTIN PARISH OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

HURRICANES

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Listen to a local radio or television station for official announcements issued from your local Emergency Management Office.

  • Know you risk:
    • How high is your home above sea level?
    • Consult the community References Pages of the telephone book or contact your local emergency management office.
    • Consult your home building plans for your first floor elevation.

  • Special Circumstances: (Require additional preparation and/or evacuation time)
    • Moble Home/Recreational Vehicle
    • People with special needs (i.e. medical or  physical conditions.)
    • Pets
    • Boats

  • Determine where you will seek shelter and select an alternate:
    • Friend's house if located away from the risk area
    • Hotel or motel located inland
    • Emergency Public Shelter operated by the American Red  Cross

  • Take a practice drive to your shelter choice, or evacuation destination.

  • Time the trip and multiply by three (3) to account for pre-storm road and traffic conditions.

  • Make the commitment now to evacuate when told to do so by local or state officials.

  • If you do not have flood insurance, consult your insurance agent concerning purchase.  There is a thirty day waiting period until coverage begins.

  • Prepare a hurricane evacuation kit.

DURING THE STORM

  • Remain indoors during a hurricane . . . .
    • Blowing debris can injure or kill
    • Travel is extremely dangerous
    • Stay inside until local authorities have announced your area is safe

  • Stay away from windows.

  • Avoid using electrical appliances.

  • If you do not evacuate, seek refuge in an interior windowless area.

AFTER THE STORM

Expect the worst.

  • Be extra careful of: downed electric lines, weakened structures, and dangerous animals.

  • Don't drink the water. Eat only foods you are absolutely sure are safe.

  • Be extra careful in handling: power tools, gas lanterns, generators, and matches.

  • Don't use candles for lighting.

  • Call your insurance company to file a claim if your home was damaged.  Ask for financial help

  • Listen to local radio station for official disaster relief information and instructions.  

HURRICANE EVACUATION KIT

Wherever you decide to seek refuge during a hurricane evacuation, you must take provisions with you:

    • a friend's or relative's home
    • a motel/hotel
    • an emergency public shelter

The following suggested items will make your temporary stay more comfortable:

  •  Foods (canned goods & non-perishable foods) that do not need cooking

  • Drinking water in non-breakable containers  (2 quarts per person/day)

  • Special dietary food if required

  • Identification, valuable papers, insurance policies & photos in a water proof container

  • Personal hygiene items, such as: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, aspirin, antacid, diapers, wash cloth, towel, etc

  • Utensils, such as manual can opener, disposable plates, cups, forks, spoons, napkins, etc.

  • Prescription medications

  • Specific medical information

  • Personal aids, such as: eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc

  • Books, magazines, cards, toys & games

  • Infant care items, such as: formula, food and disposable diapers

  • Battery-operated radios

  • Flashlight or lantern

  • First aid kit, which includes: Betadien solution, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile pads, band-aids, triangular bandages, safety scissors, & non-prescription medications

  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlights

  • Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets & pillows

  • Change of clothing

  • Rainwear

  •  Carrying container for items