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Hurricane Season: 10 Simple Steps for a Safe Emergency Plan

Posted on September 7, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

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As Hurricane Irma hurls towards Florida and Puerto Rico – just a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana -- many of us are left feeling vulnerable.

Disasters like these don’t plan ahead.  You can. 

Here are 10 simple steps you can take to plan for emergencies.

1. Invite friends and relatives in places targeted for disasters like Puerto Rico and Florida to stay with you, safe from the storm.

2. If a storm heads our way and we’re told to shelter at home, fill your bathtubs and available containers with water in case a power outage shuts off water supplies.

3. Load up on flashlights, batteries and non-perishable food.

4.  Make an Emergency Plan

5. Fill out this emergency reference card

6. Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area, like Notify NYC or NY Alert

7. Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.

8. Check your insurance coverage and review the following:

9. Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.

10. Check out FEMA’s and Operation Hope’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

Catholic Charities provides help when disasters strike.  From the World Trade Center disaster to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities served as the premier provider and coordinator of disaster relief. Our professional staff and volunteers visit parishes to deliver information and resources.  We collect and distribute food and supplies.  We tailor our response to meet individual needs. We provide help. We create hope.  We rebuild lives.

It’s important to have an emergency plan for ourselves and our loved ones. 

Stay safe!