Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall in Florida soon. While you prepare to evacuate or shelter in place, here are some helpful safety tips from The Weather Channel:
· Follow all directions and orders from local officials, and leave immediately when instructed to do so.
· Bring emergency supplies, including a first aid kit, medicines, food, water, formula and diapers, toiletries, cell phones, radios, and batteries.
· Bring extra cash and copies of important papers such as insurance policies.
· Bring blankets, sleeping bags, books, and games.
· Unplug appliances, turn off utilities such as electricity and the main water valve.
· Lock the windows and doors of your home.
· Stay at home! Leave the roads available for those who must evacuate.
· Clean your bathtub with bleach and fill it with water for washing and flushing (not drinking).
· Set your refrigerator to maximum cold and keep it closed.
· Turn off your utilities if told to do so by local officials.
· Go to an interior room and stay away from windows and doors, even though they're covered.
· During very strong winds, lie under something sturdy.
· Do not go outside, including during passage of the eye of the hurricane.
CRS is tracking and preparing for Hurricane Matthew. Our Catastrophe team is ready to assist both insurance adjusters and policyholders with immediate emergency hotel and housing assistance.
Some insurance companies are also deploying catastrophe response teams to assist with claim reports in their mobile units and call centers. Among those currently preparing include Allstate, CNA Insurance and GEICO.
Current Red Cross Shelter information: https://www.google.org/crisismap/florida_emergency_preparedness
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA since 2004, the campaign encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.
Preparing and creating a plan for an emergency can be overwhelming, but it is important. Instead of trying to do it all in one day, use this weekly guide to get your emergency plan done and be a part of America’s National Preparedness Month.Organize your plan with the CRS Emergency Plan you can download here