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HURRICANE PREPARATIONS -           WHAT TO DO NOW!

If any Hurricane should quickly approach the area where we live, it's vital to ensure that we are prepared and able to respond to disaster quickly and efficiently.

Here are some basic tips for you and your family or your employees to weather the storm:

  • Plan an evacuation route.Contact the local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter, and ask for the community hurricane preparedness plan. This plan should include information on the safest evacuation routes and nearby shelters.
  • Have disaster supplies on hand.
    - Flashlight and extra batteries
    - Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
    - First aid kit and manual
    - Emergency food and water
    - Non-electric can opener
    - Essential medicines
    - Cash and credit cards
    - Sturdy shoes
  • Make arrangements for pets.Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons.
    - Contact your local humane society for information on local animal shelters.
    - Pet-friendly hotels may be found at www.petswelcome.com/milkbone/map.html
  • Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane.
    - Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
    - Teach children how and when to call 911, police, or fire dept. and which radio station to tune to.
  • Protect your windows.
  • Check into flood insurance.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan.
    - In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
    - Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

LET PSTS, INC. TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES ON HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS       

Professional Safety Training Services, Inc. will help you prepare for a hurricane and show you how your business can weather a storm. The 2 to 4 hour courses includes:

    • Monitoring a situation
    • Creating an emergency evacuation plan
    • Securing company records    
    • Recovering after the hurricane

Visit OSHA's Web Site: www.ready.gov for more information and compliance.

 

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