Hurricane season begins on June 1, so Liberty County residents should begin to prepare for it. Liberty County Emergency Management Agency (LCEMA) along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are promoting Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 9-15.
“Over the years, storms have caused widespread damage to our county. Although many may think that the coasts are the only areas affected by hurricanes, these storms are far-reaching and cause devastating effects,” said Robert Dodd “We’re encouraging Liberty County citizens to be proactive in preparing for the upcoming season during Hurricane Preparedness Week so that in the event of a storm, our citizens will know how to proceed.”
Hurricane Preparedness Week provides residents with day-to-day information and activities, which help them be prepared for a storm. By following the steps outlined each day, Liberty County residents can take care of important arrangements before the rush that accompanies the onset of a storm’s arrival.
- Sunday, May 9: Determine Your Risk. Hurricanes bring many hazards including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents, and large waves. Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could occur where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them.
- Monday, May 10: Develop an Evacuation Plan. Find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you do, begin planning where you would go and how you would get there. Become familiar with Georgia Navigator, so when the time comes, you’ll know the way to go. You can also find evacuation routes here.
- Tuesday, May 11: Assemble Disaster Supplies. You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Make a list of supplies and assemble them before hurricane season begins. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person at least three days. Remember battery-operated radios, flashlights, batteries, phone chargers, hand sanitizers, masks, cash, and pet supplies!
- Wednesday, May 12: Get an Insurance Checkup. Call your insurance company or agent for an insurance check-up before hurricane season to ensure you have enough coverage to repair or even replace your home. Also, check on your car or boat insurance. Remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately, and requires a 30-day waiting period. Know where your insurance documents are located and take them with you if the need arises for you to evacuate.
- Thursday, May 13: Strengthen Your Home. To help protect your home, especially if you don’t plan to evacuate, before hurricane season, trim trees on your property and get approved coverings for doors including garage doors and windows. Ahead of a storm, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors and windows on your property, and find a safe location for your vehicle(s).
- Friday, May 14: Help Your Neighbor. Many senior citizen residents rely on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. There are many ways you can help your neighbors during the hurricane season. You may assist your neighbor in acquiring the supplies they’ll need before a storm, during the evacuation process if ordered, and after it’s safe to return home or go outside.
- Saturday, May 15: Complete A Written Plan. The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins when you have the time and are not under pressure. Writing down your hurricane plan will help you avoid mistakes during an emergency and ensure everyone in your home is prepared. Have a list of essential contacts, including outside the potential impact area, review and practice your plan with your family and friends and use the Ready Georgia planning tool to create a customized plan for your family.