It is National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 23 through 29, 2010. Each year during hurricane season, our neighbors living in coastal and inland communities face the danger of these powerful and dangerous storms. High winds, storm surges, tornadoes and flooding, the hazards of hurricanes may level communities and devastate lives, we must aggressively prepare our communities and protect our families.
During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, we want everyone, individuals, families, communities, and businesses to plan for the storm season before it begins. Hurricane forecasting has improved, but storms may still develop with little warning. For our neighbors in hurricane prone areas, knowledge and preparation are essential to ensure emergency readiness and responsiveness. The National Hurricane Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recommend taking important steps to ensure safety and respond promptly. But even in the best of conditions, it will take FEMA and other first responder’s days to be on site and even longer for rural areas. This is reality, it is up to us to take care of ourselves, our neighbors, friends, seniors and those who may not be as fortunate as we may be. FEMA and the first responders will be there as quickly as possible, let us take of our own until they are able to help us. These precautions include developing a family disaster plan; maintaining an emergency supply kit; securing homes, businesses, and belongings; and learning evacuation routes.
We strongly urge those in hurricane-threatened areas to visit www.Hurricanes.gov/Prepare to learn more about what they can do to protect themselves and their property from hurricanes.
Emergency preparation resources for hurricanes and other natural disasters are also available at: http://www.ready.gov/ Please visit our website http://walchgroup.com/ for other useful links.
The National Hurricane Center is working to give us more notice before impending storms. With the right planning and preparation, we can safeguard lives, protect property, and enhance our resilience to national weather emergencies.