Monthly Archives: December 2016

Practice and Update Disaster Plan

Once you have developed your disaster plan, you need to practice and maintain it. Practicing your plan will help your family instinctively take the appropriate actions during an actual emergency; even in the middle of the night. You should review your plan at least annually and make updates as necessary.

Create a Custom Disaster Plan

In order to reduce the dangers of a natural or man-made disaster, terrorist attack or other emergency, you must have knowledge, tools, and a emergency plan in place

Basics of a Disaster Plan

Create and practice an emergency plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis.

Storm Surges – Mitigation (Actions Before, During, After)

The greatest potential for loss of life related to a hurricane is from the storm surge! There are certain recommended actions that can help you through each stage of a Storm Surge emergency.

Hazardous Materials Incidents – Mitigation (Actions Before, During, After)

Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. You and your community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful amounts into the environment where you live or work.

Floods – Mitigation (Actions Before, During, After)

Mitigation is deciding on which actions to take before, during, and after the next disaster. The following actions are some important recommendations that you can follow through each stage of a flood emergency:

Disaster Preparedness – Pet Preparations

Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

Disaster Preparations – Emergency Supplies Kit

A Disaster or Emergency Supplies Kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency because will not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them and you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Storm Surges – Vulnerability Assessment

Storm surge is a very complex phenomenon because it is sensitive to the slightest changes in storm intensity, forward speed, size (radius of maximum winds-RMW), angle of approach to the coast, central pressure (minimal contribution in comparison to the wind), and the shape and characteristics of coastal features such as bays and estuaries.

Floods – Vulnerability Assessment & Risk

Flood risk isn't just based on history, it's also based on a number of factors: rainfall, river-flow and tidal-surge data, topography, flood-control measures, and changes due to building and development.

Cyclones (Tropical) – Vulnerability Assessment

To assess your vulnerability to the threat of a Tropical Cyclone to your family and property, perform an assessment to determine if you have knowledge of, are prepared and/or have a plan by answering certain questions.

What is Vulnerability Assessment?

Vulnerability assessment is defined as the process of identifying negative impacts of threats from potential hazards to enable decisive action before, during, and after a disaster to save lives, reduce losses, and support recovery.

Floods – Warning Alert Notifications

NWS Flood Warning Alert Notifications: What Do They Mean? Flash Flood Watch or Warning, Areal Flood Warning, Rivers Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Warning, Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory, or Lakeshore Flood Advisory, Watch and Warning.

Cyclones (Tropical) – Warning Alert Notifications

Understanding the difference between NWS tropical storm or hurricane watches and warnings is critical to being prepared.