Stay weather aware and make preparations now. Visit http://cityoflamarque.org/175/Emergency-Management for tips.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins today, Friday, June 1, 2018 and continues through Friday, November 30, 2018. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, forecasters are predicting a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Now is the time to prepare for inclement weather.
Charlene Warren, La Marque Emergency Management Coordinator and Assistant to City Manager, encourages citizens to make a plan and considers preparedness part of being a good neighbor.
"My top three suggestions are to register for emergency notifications, head evacuation notices and have a solid plan," said Warren. "Being prepared for storms is part of being a responsible citizen. Make a plan for you and family with special consideration for the elderly, small children and pets. Remember, your friends and neighbors with functional needs might require extra help."
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Disaster prevention includes modifying your home to strengthen it against storms so that you can be as safe as possible. It also includes having the supplies on hand to weather the storm. The suggestions provided here are only guides. You should use common sense in your disaster prevention.
Hurricane Preparedness includes:
- Creating a Disaster Supply Kit: There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
- Developing a Family Plan: Your family's plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family.
- Having a Pet Plan
- Having a Place to Go
- Securing your Home: There are things that you can do to make your home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms
For more tips and useful information, check out the National Weather Service website.