Prepare for Hurricane Season

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While the nation is still recovering from the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are also still on a normal calendar for natural events. Hurricane season is just around the corner and we still need to prepare and be wary of the effects of hurricane season. The EPA is forecasting a particularly active season this year with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasting three to six major hurricanes.

When planning on visiting the beach or family in that area make sure to take the necessary precautions and have measures in place. Plan these trips ahead by checking the weather forecast, and paying attention to local notices regarding inclement weather during your visit. To be prepared for an emergency, Bucks County recommends that residents should put together a go it. Go Kits could be comprised of potable water, food, medicine, a flashlight, first aid kit, and a battery powered radio. Home delivery of these supplies is the best and safest option; however, that may not be a possibility for everyone. If you are personally going out to purchase supplies take measures to protect your health as well as the health of others.

Located on the Doylestown Township website (doylestownpa.org) is an emergency operations plan which outlines plans for many different types of possibilities. This document contains the responsibilities of municipal authorities as well and check lists.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a hurricane:
• A hurricane watch means that a hurricane could be possible in your area. If this happens make sure to monitor weather and news for developments
• A hurricane warning means a hurricane is expected in your area. Listen to weather and news outlets and listen to orders issues by authorities.

Stay Safe During a Hurricane!
• Listen for emergency information and alerts.
• If told to evacuate by local official, do so immediately.

Dealing with the Weather
• Determine how best to protect yourself
from high winds and flooding.
• Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or
an interior room for high winds.
• If trapped in a building by flooding, go to
the highest level of the building.
• Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood
waters.
• Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

Personal Safety
• If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the CDC for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.
• Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly.
• Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter [by avoiding crowds or gathering in groups] as much as possible.

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