As of May 31, Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science has predicted that hurricane activity is expected to be average this season. Hurricane season began on June 1 and will run through Nov. 30.
It helps to be prepared, no matter how active the season is expected to be.
In fact, Coffee County EMA Director James Brown said preparedness is a mantra of the EMA office.
“Preparation is always important,” he said. “You have to think ahead. Preparation is kind of the thing we preach.”
Brown said one major step to take to be prepared for hurricane season is having a weather radio, stating it’s hard to be prepared for weather if you don’t know what kind of weather is coming.
He said to make sure to collect a few weeks’ worth of medicines if possible. He also said that many people do not think about keeping some cash on hand during hurricane weather, but that is something that should be kept on hand as well in case of emergencies.
For more information about hurricane preparedness or to receive notifications about weather updates, Brown said to visit the Coffee County EMA’s page at https://www.coffeecounty.us/. Updates and information can also be found on the organization’s Facebook page.
Brown also encouraged the public to sign up for alerts through the county’s mass notification system which can be found on the county’s website.
The Coffee County EMA is located in New Brockton at 1065 E. McKinnon Street. The office number is (334) 894-5415.
BE PREPARED THIS HURRICANE SEASON
10 THINGS YOU NEED
Have one gallon of water on hand, per person, per day. Include water for pets. Store water in a cool dry place.
2. Nonperishable food
Have a supply for two weeks of food per person, including pets. Recommendations are electolyte drinks, ready-to-eat canned foods, soup, powdered milk, crackers, granola and trail mix.
3. Can opener
Have a hand-held can opener to open canned goods.
Collect one month’s worth of any medicine family members are taking. Check expiration dates and discuss with physician.
Collect extra clothing, socks, and shoes for each family member. Consider rain gear and outerwear.
6. First aid kit
Kit should contain antiseptic, gloves, bandages, thermometer, protective masks and important physician and hospital contact information. Also include information about allergies for each family member.
Have one or more bright flashlights on hand with extra batteries in case the power goes out.
A battery-operated radio with a weather alert feature is also important to have on hand in case of severe weather.
9. Personal care items
Kit should contain soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, feminine products and cleaning supplies.
Make copies of driver’s licenses, photo ID’s, Social Security cards, deeds, titles, mortgage papers, insurance policies, bank account numbers and credit cards. Store them in waterproof containers.