How do I prepare?
Local and National Government
Know the risks related to cyclones, hurricanes, or typhoons
- Know risks and potential impacts of severe tropical storms that can impact you area (especially winds, storm surges, and flooding)
- Resource gaps in response and preparations
Work with your community to identify local cyclone shelters
- Work with your community to identify safe local cyclone shelter locations for anyone who will need them
- Make sure each household knows where to go if they have to leave the area
- Coordinate a tropical cyclone "buddy system" by matching families with vulnerable populations such as the elderly, to make sure everyone is adequately prepared
Work with your community for strategic placement of water and food
- Strategically place drinkable water, food, cooking equipment, and blankets
- Work with employers, schools and community leaders and organizations to stockpile and store these provisions in safe places
Establish or consider updating, if needed, an effective warning system
Consider useful partnerships
- Partner with local Red Cross chapter departments and emergency management agencies who may have upcoming community events in which they could share the preparedness message and hand out brochures
- Contact local or national weather service offices or emergency management agencies for information on local hurricane warning systems and link this information into other local and national government websites
- Invite local meteorologist and disaster preparedness practitioners to provide tips for the local population on air
- Team up with local merchants for a display about an emergency preparedness kit
- Publish a special section in local newspapers with emergency information on hurricane watch and warnings that includes the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, local Red Cross chapters, and the nearest hospitals
- If meteorologists are predicting a tropical cyclone, pitch preparedness tips to radio and television stations, as well as posting those tips immediately on local and national government websites
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