As hurricane season begins on June 1, MyCG has put together some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare for whatever hurricane comes your way. Familiarize yourself with www.ready.gov and the Center for Disease Control’s hurricane guide. Both sites offer preparedness tips, as well as how to weather the storm and what to do when you return home if you are evacuated.
Make sure you know your risk of being affected by a hurricane. Hurricanes are known to have an impact on inland areas, not just the coast. If you are in the path of a hurricane, learn how your area may be affected by high winds, tornadoes, and/or inland flooding.
Make a plan
Make sure you have a plan that your family understands. Program the relevant emergency phone numbers into your phone and write them down in an accessible place. Map routes to the nearest shelter and sign up for emergency alerts. If you have pets, consider whether you need to locate shelters or friends or family outside the area who can help you in an emergency.
Please refer to the following checklists in the MyCG app so that you are prepared:
- Make a Basic Disaster Supply Kit
- Make a shelter plan
- Make an evacuation plan
- Critical documents to take
Prepare your car and your travel bag
Make sure you have all the essential supplies you and your family will need, including food, water, medicine, personal items, extra batteries, flashlights and other power sources, a fire extinguisher, and key documents like driver’s licenses or passports.
If you have a car, fill up the tank and make sure your car is in your garage or covered. Keep an emergency kit in your car in case you need to leave quickly. If you do not have a car, consider alternative ways to evacuate or contact local authorities for more information.
Talk to your family and stay informed
Although explaining hurricanes and natural disasters can be scary for kids, it’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page about your emergency plan. Check TV, radio, or your phone for storm news and updates at regular intervals to make sure you stay on top of things.
Download the MyCG app
The MyCG app has several hurricane resources that can help, including links to:
- Evacuation Order Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions About Evacuation Assignments
- Guide to civil emergency situations
- Joint Travel Regulations
- Access to TRICARE during emergencies and evacuations
There are also a couple of options for checklists.
Prepare to stay or evacuate
Always follow instructions from local, state, and national authorities on whether to evacuate.
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