Preparing for Hurricane Season

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  • September 14th, 2018
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Here are important tips to keep your home and family

safe during a hurricane.


Important Hurricane Terms to Know:

Hurricane – a violent, tropical storm, having wind speeds of or in excess of 73 mph

Hurricane Watch – a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours

Flash Flood Watch – a flash flood is possible, stay alert

Flash Flood Warning – a flash flood is imminent, take immediate action and evacuate

Hurricane Season – runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August to the end of October


How to prepare your home and property:

  • Clear yards of all outdoor furniture, grills and all equipment
  • Tie down boats, canoes or anything that could become flying objects
  • Cover windows securely with plywood. Do not use tape because it is easy to blow away by high winds
  • Fill up your car’s tank with gas and have extra propane tanks on hand with a grill for an alternative cooking method.
  • Fill up bath tubs for additional clean water supply

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Prepare in advance by creating Emergency Plans: 

Evacuation Plan 

Family/Household Communication Plan   

Shelter Plan*Local Cape Cod Shelter Locations

(Read full descriptions by clicking on the links provided)

Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit that includes:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for at least 14 days for drinking and sanitation
  • At least a 14-day supply of non-perishable food and pet food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit

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During a Hurricane

  • Stay in doors no matter what including all pets. Hurricanes create high winds that cause debris to become deadly flying objects
  • Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered
  • Remain on the first floor of your home and close all interior doors

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After a Hurricane

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media (Phone lines might be down so texting and social media might be the best way to communicate.)
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe

Click here to learn more about what to do after a hurricane

Click here to print the NEW E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. Hurricane Card

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