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Preparing for Hurricane Dorian

HURRICANE HQ

Flagler County Call Center: (386) 586-5111

We understand the thought of another hurricane can be daunting (especially after Matthew & Irma!) but together we can be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at us. With a little planning, the resources below and the Flagler County team, we will all weather the storm.

 

QUICK LINKS:  Individuals w/special needs               Disaster Prep Guide (PDF)                  Evacuation Zones                  Evacuation routes

               

                           Emergency Contacts                            Emergency Supply Kit                         Planning with children          Disaster Declaration

Do your research

This page is your complete one-stop shop for anything and everything to prepare for hurricane season

make your

prep list

There are plenty of helpful stores and organizations here to help you make your hurricane prep list!

A plan for the pets

Every pet owner worries about their furry, scaly, hairy or feathery family members!

stay in the loop

During an emergency communication is crucial. Luckily there are plenty of venues to stay in the loop.

Planning with children

If you plan ahead, as a family, and make sure to go over how to prepare for a stom with your kids, everyone benefits!

 

Preparing with kids!

Dealing with an emergency when you have a family to wrangle can be difficult at the best of times! Here are a few resources to help you and your family plan and prepare ahead so you will have a safe and secure 2018 storm season!

STAY

IN THE LOOP

During an emergency communication is crucial. Luckily there are plenty of venues to stay in the loop. Aside from the County website & this page, which will be updated hourly during an emergency,  there are radio stations, apps and TV stations all there to help.

 
 

HELPFUL LINKS

 

Before a Hurricane

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.

  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.

  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

  • Make plans to secure your property:

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.

  • Install a generator for emergencies.

  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.

  • Consider building a safe room.

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6 Hours From Arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

 
 

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES!

18-36 hrs out

6-18 hrs out

6 hrs out

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 18-36 Hours From Arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6-18 Hours From Arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6 Hours From Arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

During a Hurricane

 

CHECKLIST: NO EVACUATION

  • Protect Windows and Doors and secure the house.

  • Clean Containers for Drinking Water and sinks for storing cleaning water. Plan on three gallons per person, per day for all uses.

  • Check the Disaster Supplies Kit. Make sure to have at least a two-week supply of non-perishable foods. Don’t forget a non-electric can opener. 

  • During the Storm, everyone should stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior reinforced room, closet or bathroom on the lower floor) if the storm becomes severe.

  • Wait For Official Word That The Danger Is Over. Don’t be fooled by the storm’s calm “eye.”

  • If Flooding Threatens Your home, electricity should be turned off at the main breaker.

  •  If Your home Loses Power, turn off major appliances, such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.

IF EVACUATING: SECURING YOUR HOME

  • Stay tuned to the local radio and television stations for emergency broadcasts. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Ensure Important Documents, files, back up tapes, emergency contact information, etc., are taken to a safe location.

  • Turn Off electricity, water and gas.

  • Lock windows and doors.

 
 
 
 

PREP

THE PETS!

They may not be happy about it but every pet owner knows how important the fur-children are, and emergencies are no exception!

  • HELP WITH PETS

    • In a mandatory evacuation Flagler County will provide pet shelter at Bunnell Elementary

    • What to pack in you pet’s hurricane kit?

    • Things you can do BEFORE an emergency to make sure your pet’s ready.

    • The best option is to get a friend or relative outside the evacuation area to take your pets, and preferably you, too. If that’s not possible, locate a pet friendly hotel or motel on PetFriendlyTravel.com or one that waives animal prohibitions during evacuations.

    • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

    • You may not be home when the evacuation order comes; find out if a trusted neighbor would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged location.

 

After A Hurricane

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

  • 6 in of moving water can knock you down, & fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines 

  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof).

RE-ENTRY

  • Be Patient. Access to affected areas will be controlled. You won’t be able to return to your facility until search and rescue operations are complete and safety hazards, such as downed trees and power lines are cleared. It may take up to three days for emergency crews to reach your area. It may take 2-4 weeks before utilities are restored. On barrier islands, it could take much longer.

  • Stay Tuned to Local Radio stations for advice and instructions about emergency medical aid, food and other forms of assistance.  (92.7 FM, 98.7 FM, 100.9 FM, 106.3 FM and 15.50AM)

  •  Security Operations Will Include Checkpoints. It will be critical for you and your employees to have valid identification with your current local address as well as something to prove your employment and need to get back into the area. It is recommended that businesses contact the county emergency management agency and local jurisdiction to determine what specifically would be required.

  • Avoid Driving. Roads will have debris that will puncture tires. Don’t add to the congestion of relief workers, supply trucks, law enforcement, etc.

 

SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Avoid Downed or Dangling Utility Wires. Metal fences may have been “energized” by fallen wires. Be especially careful when cutting or clearing fallen trees. They may have power lines tangled in them.

  • Beware of Snakes, insects or animals driven to higher ground by floods.

  • Enter Your Facility With Caution. Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry the building.

  • If There Has Been Flooding, have an electrician inspect the office before turning on the breaker.

  • Be Careful With Fire. Do not strike a match until you are sure there are no breaks in gas lines. Avoid candles. Use battery-operated flashlights and lanterns instead.

  • Use Your Telephone Only for Emergencies to keep lines open for emergency communications.

 

GENERATORS

  • Fueled by Gas, generators can run appliances and fans.

  • Sizes range from 750 watts that will run a fan and a light up to 8,000 watts that will practically run a house (except for the air conditioner).

  • If You Have Lost Power, don’t connect a portable generator to the building wiring (this could injure or kill neighbors or electrical crews).

  • Plug equipment, computers, etc., directly into the generator.

  • Place Generator outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Don’t forget to check the oil every time you add gas. Conserve fuel by alternating appliances. For example: Refrigerators can be kept cool by supplying power eight hours a day. Refrigerators require 400 – 1,000 watts.

 

REPAIRS

  • Make Temporary Repairs to correct safety hazards and minimize further damage. This may include covering holes in the roof, wall or windows and debris removal.

  • Recovery – for the purpose of assessment please have a letter naming all essential assessment personnel to be allowed back onto your property.  IDs will be required when those persons are entering back into a disaster area.  They should also have a copy of the letter granting them access permission to your property in their hand at the time of reentry.  This will also be the case for property managers.  Please email letters to situationunit@flaglercounty.org.

  • Protect Yourself From Contactor Fraud. Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs. Check with the local Building Department to ensure the contractor is licensed. If you hire a contractor, don’t pull the permits for them. If the contractor makes this request, it may be an indication that he is not properly licensed.

  • Take Photographs of All Damage before repairs and keep receipts for insurance purposes.

  • After Assessing Damage to Your Facility, contact your local building department for information on required building permits. Permits are always required for any kind of demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction, roofing, filling, and other types of site development. Report illegal flood plain development to your local building department.

  • Local Ordinances Do Not Permit Dumping in drainage canals or ditches because it causes backups and overflow in the system. Report illegal dumping.

 

WATER PRECAUTIONS

  • Whenever widespread flooding occurs, there is a potential for bacterial contamination. Bacteria, such as shigella and salmonella, can lead to life threatening dehydration for people if untreated by antibiotics. Disinfect any tap water you drink or use for cooking or cleaning. You must purify the tap water until officials notify you of its safety. Bring water to a rolling boil for a full 10 minutes or use chemicals (8 drops of chlorine bleach or iodine per gallon) or water purification tablets as directed. Let the water sit at least 10 minutes before using. Water you saved in clean containers before the storm will be fine for 2-3 weeks. To be sure, add 2 drops of chlorine or iodine per gallon before drinking.

 

CLEAN-UP PRECAUTIONS

  • Call professionals to remove large, uprooted trees, etc.

  • Always use proper safety equipment such as heavy gloves, safety goggles, heavy boots, light colored long-sleeve shirts and long pants.

  • Tie back long hair, and wear a hat and sunscreen.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, rest and ask for help when you need it.

  • Lift with the legs, not with the back.

  • Don’t burn trash.

  • If you can’t identify it, don’t touch it.

  •  Be extremely careful with a chain saw and always heed safety warnings.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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