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Disaster Preparedness

August 2021

Hurricane Season is Here

As of June 14, we have had four (4) tropical storms and a category 1 hurricane. Due to the storms coming earlier in the season the dates will be changed to May 15 through November 30 of each year instead of June 1 through November 30. The peak of hurricane season is August and September.

We hear phrases like turn around, don’t drown, hide from the wind, and run from the water. These are phrases used to explain how dangerous a storm can be. They are self-explanatory and common sense. I can’t express my concerns enough for the safety of all. Most of the injuries come after the storms. Using chain saws without ear and eye protection and proper instruction can be deadly. Generators are dangerous pieces of equipment that are used after a storm if not properly used. Carbon monoxide, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas is discharged by gas engines that operate your generators. They should never operating generators in a garage or inside your home.

They should be operated in a well-vented open area. That also goes for BBQ grills that give off toxic gases. Always treat down wires as live never take for granted that they are dead.

Before a storm, you should have your Hurricane supply kit ready if you must evacuate. Also, have all your important papers in a watertight container. Use your phone to take pictures, and if equipped, take videos of all the rooms and garage for insurance purposes. If you evacuate, make sure you have these items and notify relatives of where you will be. As always, I can be reached at 305-968-7979 or by e-mail disasterprep@legionmail.org. Stay tuned to your local news and weather report. Disaster Preparedness packets that will be sent to all Posts. I will also continue be following storms on Facebook.

Bill Hoppner
Disaster Preparedness