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May 30, 2014

Are You Prepared? Hurricane Season Begins June 1st

by PBUnitedWay

Hurricane Season is almost here and the most important thing you can do is BE PREPARED! Making a hurricane plan ahead of time and stocking up on vital supplies will go a long way to helping you and your loved ones stay safe in the event of a storm. It will save you time, money and worry, too.  Below are the steps to take to make sure you are ready for this year’s Hurricane Season (June 1st – November 30th)Make a Plan

The Palm Beach County Hurricane Survival Guide is a great resource.  It has important area phone numbers, hurricane plan checklists, emergency kit checklists, evacuation information, shelter information, frequently asked questions, and so much more.

Build a Kit

You may need to survive on your own after a hurricane hits.  This means having important supplies in sufficient quantity for each member of your family for 3 – 5 days.  Here is a link to an Emergency Shopping List.  Remember while you’re doing your weekly shopping to pick up a few extra items to stock up early – this way you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.    It is also important to know which stores in your area have generators to provide power immediately following the storm.

* Gas Stations

* Publix

* Lowe’s

* Home Depot

Be Informed

Knowing where to turn for reliable up-to-date information is an important key to making it through any disaster.  The local emergency information center phone number is 561.712.6400.  There’s also an app for that!  Available for iOS and Android the PBC DART (Disaster Awareness and Recovery Tool) provides residents with information and tools used to prepare for a disaster and with the ability to report damage to their home or business in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

One of our partner agencies, 2-1-1 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast, is also a great source for information in the event of a storm.   This link on their website becomes active in the event of the storm – so be sure to save it somewhere on your computer, smart phone, notepad (best option since you may not have power readily available), etc.

In Palm Beach County we have been very lucky the past few years with very few storms and nothing compared to the 2004 and 2005 onslaught.  But it only takes one for us to be reminded of the dangers associated with hurricanes.  Below are a few more helpful resources to help you prepare for this upcoming season:

About the Town of Palm Beach United Way

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors who live or work on the island of Palm Beach.  We advance the common good creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three building blocks of education, health and income.   The Town of Palm Beach United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  For more information, call us at 561.655.1919 or visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.  

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