BEFORE THE STORM

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Preparing for a storm is critical in ensuring you have what you need to keep you and your family safe. It is also important to create a family emergency plan before a storm. Keep in mind that your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so include a plan for how you will contact one another, how you will reunite, and how you will respond in the case of an emergency.

How Precinct 4 Serves You Before the Storm


- Trims trees to protect you and your property
- Removes trash and debris from ditches and gutters to prevent clogged drains during heavy rains
- Maintains a fleet of rescue vehicles
- Works with the public to identify road hazards

Tips to Prepare your Household Before the Storm


Make an emergency plan

- Write down emergency phone numbers – keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house and program them into your cell phone

- Prepare an emergency supply kit. Click here for a sample.

- Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in case of an evacuation


Necessary emergency supplies

- Have a food and water supply for at least three days

- Have emergency medicine supply for at least three days


Prepare your family and pets

- Review your emergency plan with your family

- Stay up to date on storm coverage Click here for more information.

- Call the hospital, public health department, or local police department if you have special needs

- Place pets and farm animals in a safe place Click here for more information.


Prepare your vehicle

- Fill your car’s gas tank

- Move cars and trucks into your garage or under a cover

- Keep an emergency kit in your car

- If you don’t own a car, consider making plans with friends or family to get a ride if you need to evacuate


Prepare your home

- Clear your yard: Ensure there is no debris that may blow around during the storm and damage your home; move bicycles, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under a shelter

- Cover windows and doors: Use storm shutters or nail plywood pieces to outside window frames to protect windows from shattering

- Be prepared to turn off your power

- Fill containers with clean drinking water and fill up sinks and bathtubs

- Check to ensure your carbon monoxide (CO) detector battery is fully charged