VIDEO: Hurricane Season Kicks Off Today; Know How To Protect Yourself This Season
By Brevard County Office of Emergency Management // June 1, 2016
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As the official start of Hurricane Season 2016 kicks off Wednesday, June 1, Brevard County Emergency Management encourages residents to follow these important steps for preparedness. You should know Your Risks, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Stay Informed.
“Families, individuals, and businesses who know their vulnerability and what actions to take can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster by taking action to prepare,” said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser. “As Hurricane Season starts, it’s time to prepare yourselves, your family and pets, and your home or business.”
Emergency Management recommends:
Know Your Risks: Understand how hurricanes can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Consider whether you live in a mobile or manufactured home, a low-lying flood-prone area, or on a barrier island. CLCIK HERE to find out if you live in an evacuation zone.
Make a Plan: If you plan to evacuate, decide on a place to go, and include your pet in your plan. Decide whether you’ll stay with relatives, at a hotel, whether you’ll utilize one of the county’s 12 general population shelters or four pet-friendly shelters. If you have certain medical needs, including power-operated medical equipment or have a caregiver, and you plan to use a shelter, you’ll need to register for a special-needs shelter by CLICKING HERE.
Build a Kit: You may need to survive on your own for some time after an emergency. This means having non-perishable food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Assemble this kit well in advance, and plan ahead for needed medications, and supplies for pets and infants. Include a cell phone charger for your car, and you’ll want to have some cash and a full tank of gas.
Stay Informed: Check weather forecasts regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and sign up for email or text alerts from the National Weather Service or local TV stations.
Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county: space launches, large brush fires, major road closures, as well as preparedness tips and prescribed burn notices. Options include following “Brevard County Emergency Management” on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribing to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404.
Residents are also encouraged to register their cell phone numbers with the CodeRed Emergency Notification Service. The free service offered through Brevard County Emergency Management is something all residents should take advantage of, Prosser said.
“As people transition away from landline telephones to cell phones, we no longer have the ability to contact them via the notification system,” Prosser said. “We’re encouraging people to go to our website, www.EMBrevard.com, click on ‘Alert Signup’, and register.”
The CodeRed notification system is able to pinpoint whom to notify based on addresses entered into the system, or by an area that is selected on a map. Those who don’t have computers or internet access can call 866-484-3264 to register their information.
Prosser said cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered into the CodeRed notification system are not considered public records, and are not shared with telemarketers or other entities.
A Weather-Ready Expo preparedness event will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockledge Police Department. Experts from the National Weather Service and Brevard County Emergency Management will share weather preparedness information.
CLICK HERE for weather related information in Brevard County.