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Posted on: April 30, 2018

Hurricane Season 2018 - Be Prepared

The 2018 Hurricane Season
begins on June 1 and continues through November 30.  Dr. Philip Klotzbach and Michael M. Bell, ofColorado State University, on April 5, 2018, released the Extended Range
Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall StrikeProbability for 2018.  The 2018 forecast
anticipates above-average activity.  Dr.Klotzbach is predicting 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.

Begin your annual hurricane
season preparations early.  EnduringHurricane Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017, now is the time to prepare your
family’s disaster plan.  Here are somethings to keep in mind as you develop your plan:

Discuss
disaster plans as a family
 – Develop a list of things that need to be taken care of in preparingfor a disaster.  A disaster can be
especially frightening for young children. Assemble an "activity kit" so they will have things to
do.  You can include some of theirfavorite things such as books, puzzles, games, crayons, markers, paper,
scissors, glue, a toy, and a stuffed animal.

Makeevacuation plans – Decide where you will go if an evacuation order is given and leave
well in advance of the approaching storm as evacuation routes could be heavilycongested.

Take
inventory of your valuables
 – Prepare a list, take videos or photos.  

Review yourinsurance policies – Do this well in advance of an approaching storm.  Once a hurricane watch has been issued, most
insurers will not issue new or additional coverage, including floodinsurance.  Flood damage is not covered
under a homeowner’s policy.  A separatepolicy must be purchased.  For
information regarding flood insurance, please visit www.floodsmart.gov which can help yourate your risk, estimate premiums, and find an agent.  Keep these documents in a safe place.

Check your
home for vulnerable areas
 – roof, windows, garage doors, patio doors, etc., should be checked todetermine what protective measures you should make to secure your home in the
event of an approaching storm.

Protectvehicles –
Decide where you will store or park your vehicles, boat, or RV.  Remember to check your insurance policies foryour vehicles and keep them in a safe place.

Reduce damage
to your property
 – You may wish to install window shutters, purchase a generator, trimtrees, and double-check tie-down straps and anchors if you live in a mobile
home or a manufactured home.

Special needs – Make arrangements wellin advance of a storm for the care of infants, the elderly, and those with
special needs.  Persons with specialneeds should register with the Volusia County Health Department at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chd/volusia/SPNS.html.  If someone in your household has a disability
or special need, take additional steps to protect them. Create an emergency kitthat includes an extra supply of prescription medicines, a list of medications
and their dosages; an extra set of eyeglasses and extra hearing-aid batteries;an extra walking device, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen if necessary; extra
copies of medical insurance documents and Medicare/Medicaid cards; and a listof doctors, relatives, and friends who should be notified.

Plan for your
pets
 –Make plans for your pets whether you stay or evacuate.  In addition to food, water, and bowls, your
pet’s disaster kit should include leashes, toys, bedding, carrier, medications,newspaper, cat litter, plastic bags for waste, license and vaccination
documentation.  Remember to make plansfor large outdoor pets such as horses.

Assemble a
disaster supply kit
 – Make sure to have a week’s supply of nonperishable food, water andmedical items for your family.  Make a
checklist well in advance.  For helpmaking your family disaster plan, visit www.floridadisaster.org and http://www.volusia.org/emergency/.   

Share your
plans
 –Let family, friends, and coworkers know your plans, and how they can reach
you.  Establish an out-of-town point ofcontact with a family member or friend. 

Emergency notifications – Sign up to receiveemergency telephone or e-mail notifications from Volusia County’s Emergency
Management Division at https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/get-connected/.  Sign up to receive CodeRED emergency notifications from
the City of Ormond Beach at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/F061CACDBEC6.You are encouraged to select “text” alerts to receive messages.  Phone services are sometimes lost during
severe weather, and receiving texts is an additional option for gettingimportant emergency information.

Please don’t wait until a storm is approaching,
make your disaster plan now.  Informationregarding disaster preparedness can be found on the City’s website: 
www.ormondbeach.org.  Under the “Residents” tab, click “Emergency
Alerts” and then click on “Emergency Preparedness,” there is a link to“Hurricane Preparedness” which provides additional information as well as links
to other valuable resources.  

Other resources available include FEMA, www.ready.gov, American Red Cross, www.redcross.org, and National Oceanic andAtmospheric Association (NOAA) National Weather Service, www.weather.gov/safety.php.