Hurricane Season 2012
June 1 – November 30
Click here for some great tips, provided by FLASH, for families at risk for Tropical Storm Isaac. Though Tropical Storm Isaac is no longer a threat to South Florida, these tips are always great to keep in mind when preparing for any storm.
1. Develop a Family plan. Locate safe rooms in your house or safe places in your community and escape routes in case of an emergency.
2. Create a Disaster Supply Kit. Make sure you have extra supplies of water, food, clothing, blankets, first aid items and flashlights.
3. Secure your Home. Protect the areas where wind can enter. Make any repairs that could potentially damage your home. Update your flood insurance.
1. Get a kit 2. Make a plan 3. Be informed
If you have any questions or are looking for more information and you live in Miami-Dade or Broward County, don't hesistate to call 3-1-1 which will connect you your county's call center. Find more information on these call centers at the websites below:
- 3-1-1 Miami-Dade
- 3-1-1 Broward
For the latest updates on what's going on in the tropics, stay tuned to CBSMiami and visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association website. You can also watch the Hurricane Season 2012 Be Prepared CBSMiami special here. Up-to-date news is also available on the Miami Herald Hurricane Watch site.
Get your hurricane disaster kit and emergency plans in order. Self-sufficiency is the key. Be ready to care for yourself and your family for the first 72 hours after a storm.
- Monroe County Hurricane Preparedness Info & (also here)
- Miami-Dade County Hurricane Preparedness Info
- Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Info
Individuals with special needs should pre-register. You can register by clicking the links below.
- Miami-Dade County pre-registration
- Broward County pre-registration
- Monroe County pre-registration
Pets are family too, so sign up your pet to gain access to pet-friendly shelters.
- Monroe County Pet Registration Info & form
- Miami-Dade County Pet Registration
- Broward County Pet Registration
Here are some great tips to help you stay prepared:
- If you don’t know if you live in an evacuation zone, find out now by checking with your county’s emergency management office.
- Remain in contact with family members who live in hurricane-prone areas. Call relatives to stay updated on their evacuation plans and become one of their emergency contacts so you can give them information if they don't have it available to them.
- Have enough non-perishable food on hand to last at least 4 days. Try taking advantage of 2-for-1 sales at the grocery store and stocking your disaster cabinet over time.
- Have enough drinking water on hand to last at least 4 days. Figure on at least 4 gallons per person and an additional 2 to 3 gallons per pet.
- If you take prescription drugs, make sure you have at least a 2 week supply on hand. Refill your prescriptions if possible.
- Check your shutters. if you have storm panels, make sure you have all the parts. if you have accordions or roll downs, make sure they close properly. If you have a generator, check it now to make sure it’s working properly.
- Store gasoline in approved containers only. Put your containers either in a shed away from your house or in a well-ventilated garage with a firewall.
- Gas up your vehicles now, and make sure you never go below half a tank during hurricane season.
More hurricane prep checklists and tips are available at www.hurricanesafety.org.
Other Great Disaster Resources Include:
- Brandsmart USA - For their "tech tune up" this hurricane season, keeping us ready to help those in need after any storm that comes our way!