The exact track and intensity of Hurricane (or Tropical Storm) Hermine are still uncertain. The National Weather Service and local emergency management agencies have several alternative models that they update continuously. Despite this uncertainty, we want to share some basic storm preparedness suggestions that should be reviewed for your personal safety and the protection of your property.
- IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY CALL 911. DO NOT CALL THE LOCAL POLICE PRECINCT DIRECTLY. THIS ONLY SLOWS DOWN THE RESPONSE TIME. FOR FIRE EMERGENCIES, CALL THE LAWRENCE-CEDARHURST FIRE DEPARTMENT AT 569-4411.
- Have a plan, known to everyone in your home, about what to do and how to communicate if evacuation becomes necessary. If you have elderly neighbors, let them know you will be home and check in on them periodically.
- Prepare batteries, a battery powered radio, flashlights, candles and bottled water (or fill the bathtub) so that you have basic supplies in case of a power outage.
- Charge all of your cell phones and keep them charged.
- If you have a generator, check to see if it’s working and has fuel. Use only approved containers to store gasoline, and make sure that they are stored safely. Keeping fuel indoors is dangerous because gasoline vapor can accumulate and ignite or explode. NEVER operate a generator indoors. The exhaust fumes are deadly.
- If a storm alert is published, move your cars to the parking lot behind Village Hall and leave a note in the window of the car identifying yourself as the owner and how we can contact you. The parking lot behind Village Hall is at the highest elevation above sea level in the Village and is the best place to try and avoid water damage to your car.
- Fill your car’s gas tank today or tomorrow and avoid the morning-after crush at the gas station.
- Remove all outdoor furniture, trampolines, BBQ’s and other items that can become airborne in a wind storm or hurricane. Flying objects are extremely dangerous to your home and to others.
- Avoid going outside in a storm. Staying inside is the safest option.
- Never touch or walk near downed electric wires. Call 911. If wires fall on your car while you are inside, do not touch any part of the car. Remain calm, stay in the car and call 911.
Published on | September 5, 2016