Prepare in Advance of Hurricanes

 

Severe storms can cause havoc for people, businesses and property. Now that the 2019 Hurricane season has arrived, Victory State Bank is urging its customers and neighbors to prepare in advance of threatening weather by following safety measures when a violent storm is forecast.

Websites, such as USA.gov, the National Weather Service, FEMA, and Ready.gov, can help you plan ahead for disasters and take appropriate measures. Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank suggests you review the information provided on these sites, and take the following steps ahead of an impending major storm:

1) Monitor local radio and TV for updates.

The path of a storm could change quickly and unexpectedly. Follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal leaders.

2) Hunker down and take shelter.

Stay alert when a severe storm is heading toward the United States.

3) Communicate with friends and family. 

§  Tell them WHERE you are riding out the storm.

§  Tell them and HOW you will let them know you’re safe. You can call, text, email, or use social media.

4) Keep away from windows.

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

5) 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.

6) Be aware of a potential storm surge.

§  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.

7) Connect to Resources

 

§  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.