Hurricane Preparedness

June 10, 2020

Updated February 18, 2021

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You are most at risk for extreme winds and flooding from rain and storm surged during a hurricane if you live on the coast. If you live inland, you are at risk for wind, thunderstorms, flooding, and power outages during a hurricane.

Know Your Evacuation Zone

  • You may have to evacuate your home quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will stay.
  • If the State or Federal Warning Systems require relocation, evacuate early to avoid traffic jams and dangerous winds.  
  • Don't go off course – follow official local hurricane evacuation routes.
  • If you have been instructed to evacuate, please do so. Listen to local officials to save yourself and your family. 
  • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation procedures before a hurricane.

When is Hurricane Season?

Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season: May 15 through November 30

Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 through November 30

Central Pacific Hurricane Season: June 1 through November 30

These are just estimates of when hurricane season might begin. Every year is a little different, so it's essential to stay alert and listen to local authorities. 

Hurricane Categories

Hurricanes are classed into categories, just like tornados. The higher the number (or classification), the greater the potential for damage. A Category 3 or higher is considered a major hurricane. 

Hurricane Watch- A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.

Hurricane Warning- A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected within 36 hours.

When a hurricane watch is announced:

  • Begin to Prepare 
  • Monitor Red Flag Notifications from LMH.
  • Listen to the National and City Warning System on the radio.  
  • Make plans to relocate outside the affected area.  
  • Have current information on the location of the Red Cross shelters and directions to get there.
  • If there are ill or disabled persons in your home, contact their doctor for instructions.  
  • If the State or Federal Warning Systems require relocation, evacuate early to avoid traffic jams and dangerous winds.  
  • Be sure to prepare necessities such as prescriptions, bedding, and enough food for at least 24 hours, flashlights, cell phones, and a battery-powered radio. 

When a hurricane warning is announced:

  • Remove all objects from the exterior of your home, and store these items inside your home, shed, or garage to prevent injury/damage from debris.
    • Such objects would include patio furniture, trash cans, potted plants, wind chimes, bicycles, etc.  
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    • If items are not removed from your outside area, please be advised that LMH may need to remove these items and find it necessary to enter your home or garage.
  • Close all blinds to avoid shattering glass. 
    • Please do not tape any windows, as this has been deemed a dangerous and unnecessary practice.  
    • LMH will not be boarding any windows throughout the community.
    • Fill the bathtub(s) with water. This water may be poured into the toilet tank to induce flushing. It also may be needed for drinking should the water supply become interrupted or contaminated.  
      • Fill containers with water and place them in the freezer. The ice will help prolong items from thawing out in case of power loss.
    • Unplug all unnecessary items that are not in use. Please do not unplug your refrigerator.
  • Stock up on daily necessities. Items such as the following are a must:  
      • Non- perishable food
      • Bottled water
      • First aid kits
      • Soap
      • Blankets
      • Manual can opener
      • Batteries
      • Battery-powered radio
      • Extra eyeglasses
      • Hearing aids
      • Battery-powered lanterns
      • Prescriptions
    • Baby food and diapers
    • Fill all vehicles with gas. In the event of loss of electricity, the gas pumps will not operate.
    • Should you need to evacuate, collect, and take all important paperwork and personal identification with you.
    • When evacuating, advise the District Office and provide an emergency contact number where LMH can be reached. Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked, all water faucets off, unnecessary appliances are unplugged, and leave the AC on to prevent humidity in the home and possible mold growth). 

Prepare

You are encouraged to prepare for a hurricane in advance. When disaster strikes, you want to be ready to go at a moment's notice. Having a bag prepared for emergencies is a simple solution. 

 

Assemble Disaster Supplies

A basic supply list can be found here: ready.gov/kit

Tips

  • Build emergency supplies by grabbing extra at the store before an emergency: https://youtu.be/Htgqb0pwrlQ  
  • As part of your family's emergency kit, include games & toys to keep children entertained. 
  • Include a hand-crank or battery-powered radio in your emergency kit. 
  • During an extended power outage, ATMs & credit card machines may not work. Include extra cash $$ in your emergency kit.  
  • Store supplies at the places you frequent most, like work and home in case you need to shelter in place during a hurricane.  
  • Don't forget to include your pets in your family's emergency plans. Here is a video on how you can get your pets ready for Emergencies: https://youtu.be/BosQtZFv6Jk
  • Don't forget to put your name and contact information on your pet's ID tag if you're separated in an emergency.
  • Set up group text lists to communicate with friends and family at the same time during emergencies.
  • Get the kids involved in hurricane preparedness planning with Ready Kids

Prepare Financially

  • Part of being prepared is understanding your finances. Does your family have enough savings in case of an emergency? 
  • Anticipate initial out-of-pocket expenses for lodging, food, gas, and more after a disaster. Contact Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society should you need assistance for these items. The Society provides interest-free loans and grants for basic living expenses, emergency travel expenses, and other family emergencies for military members and their families facing financial crisis or need.  
  • The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a tool to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure the documentation they would need in case disaster strikes: www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness
  • 48% of people have an emergency fund, which gives them the savings to overcome simple emergencies and possibly ones that may save their life. Get tips to start saving today: https://www.usa.gov/flec
  • Snap photos of important documents & save in a secure place to access during an emergency: https://youtu.be/i3MfRpND5gk 

Check on Your Neighbors

  • Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm.
  • If you run to the store to grab a couple last minute supplies before a storm, check to see if your neighbor needs anything. 
  • Get to know your neighbors before a storm or an emergency to help out in your community.
  • Help your community/neighbors get prepared & trained for an emergency by visiting: www.ready.gov/volunteer

Receive Hurricane Alerts

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Download apps for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips.  

Alerts Programs Available

After a Hurricane

  • Beware of outdoor hazards.  
  • Watch out of loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to our 24/7 Emergency Maintenance Lincoln At Your Service (LAYS) 1-888-578-4141. 
  • Walk or drive cautiously. Debris-filled streets are very dangerous. Washouts may weaken road and bridge structures that could collapse under vehicle weight.
  • Open the refrigerator only when necessary. Food will spoil in the refrigerator if the power is off more than a few hours. Freezers will keep food for several days if the doors are not opened frequently after power failure, but do not refreeze food once it begins to thaw.
  • Do not use tap water until authorities have issued a safe water area. Use the emergency supply in the tub or boil water. Report broken sewer or water mains to Lincoln At Your Service (LAYS) at 1-888-578-4141.
  • Do not bring gas or charcoal grills inside to use for cooking.
  • Please be patient and be prepared to be on your own up to 4 days. It takes a team effort to clean up after a storm. Responsibility for the cleanup falls to numerous local, state and federal agencies. Your property staff will make every effort to assist these agencies and our residents.  
  • Should damage to the property occur, LMH will make a home by home inspection to assess the damages. A schedule will then be prepared to complete the necessary repairs.
  • Please take the time to be prepared as possible and to be on your own for a couple of days until Federal, State and Local officials get help into the area.  

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