School is out and that means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! Some of us travel elsewhere in the US or the world for vacation and may have to face a disaster we are unfamiliar with, such as a hurricane. You need to be prepared even though you are away from home.
If you’re renting a house for vacation, make sure when you arrive that a working fire extinguisher is present, as well as smoke alarms. This is disaster preparedness you are accustomed to! But what about the weather?
If you plan to travel to the East coast or the Southern states, or a global destination, it is critical that you and your family learn about, and be prepared for hazards such as hurricanes. Hurricanes can put a damper on any family vacation, so it’s important to take just a few precautionary actions before you travel to an unfamiliar region:
- Have an emergency kit in your car, camper or suitcase
- Create a family communication plan
- Sign up for weather emergency alerts and warnings in your local vacation area
- Become familiar with a possible evacuation route
- Have a plan on where you would evacuate to or text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to identify the nearest shelter should a disaster strike
Wherever you are staying, inquire as to the emergency evacuation and shelter procedures. For detailed information, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Get the Free FEMA App
The most reliable way to prevent your vacation from turning into a disaster is staying aware of upcoming storms and hurricanes. You can stay up-to-date on local storm info and get alerts with the FEMA app. You can learn more about it on our post about the app. You can sign up for FEMA alerts on the app by scrolling down the home screen and click Follow FEMA. The app is available online and through the iTunes app store.
There is specific information about Hurricanes on the app. Click on the Prepare button, then choose Be Informed and you can access Hurricane information.