Eight Tips to Be Ready for Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018
Photo of hurricane Florence by NASA

Hurricane Florence has brought heavy wind and rain to large parts of the East Coast. Stay informed on the latest warnings, advisories, and the path of Florence with bulletins from the National Weather Service. If you’re in an area that could be impacted by this storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following:

Monitor local radio and TV for updates. The path of the storm could change quickly and unexpectedly. Follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal leaders.

Hunker down and take shelter. Everyone should stay alert as Hurricane Florence moves toward the United States. Coastal residents in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia have already experienced tropical storm or hurricane force winds and flooding.

Communicate with friends and family. Tell them where you are riding out the storm, and how you will let them know you’re safe. You can call, text, email, or use social media.

Keep away from windows. Close storm shutters; flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

Prepare for power outages. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting, and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check food temperature when the power is restored.

Be aware of the storm surge expected with Hurricane Florence. Storm surges pose a great threat to safety and can cut off potential evacuation routes. If you’re told to evacuate, don’t wait.
Avoid driving through flooded areas. Almost half of flash flooding deaths occur in vehicles, according to FEMA. When you’re driving, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges, and at highway dips.

Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety updates. The app (available in English and Spanish) provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

Visit Ready.gov to learn more about emergency preparedness and follow USAGov and FEMA on Twitter for storm updates.

You can also find updated official information about Hurricane Florence and how to prepare on USA.gov.

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