Assisting Neighbors with Hurricane Preparation Enhances Safety for Everyone
FEMA embraces the “neighbors helping neighbors” approach to community hurricane preparedness. A comprehensive plan that brings neighbors together as a community enhances safety and security for everyone. Helping your neighbors goes a long way toward building relationships you can count on Before a Hurricane Strikes and in the hours and days following a hurricane disaster.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 46 percent of individuals expect to rely on neighbors in the 72 hours following a hurricane. When communities come together and help each other—neighbor helping neighbor—it becomes much easier to meet the needs of everyone. Forging relationships before the season starts by sharing Hurricane Preparedness knowledge and providing help ahead of a storm makes people more willing to help after the hurricane passes.
Most people who believe themselves prepared are not as ready as they think. Forty percent have not made a household plan, 80 percent have never conducted an evacuation drill, and another 60 percent don’t know the evacuation routes. Completed Household Preparedness Plans eliminate confusion in the hours before a hurricane arrives and include assembled disaster supply kits and a plan to evacuate.
Community-based volunteer organizations lack the resources to manage large numbers of volunteers. Small organized groups of friends and neighbors who work with larger groups can accomplish much more than individuals. The Department of Homeland Security Community Preparedness Toolkit provides leadership advice for creating a neighborhood team. Although the ready.gov website focuses on service projects, neighborhood teams can work together on plans that keep everyone prepared and safe.
Not everyone has prepared for 2019. Even after three consecutive years of above average hurricane activity, on average, four out of every ten homes in your neighborhood lack a Completed Hurricane Preparedness Plan. Following a storm, these families will look to their neighbors for assistance. Help them prepare before the season and they are better prepared to help themselves and others before and after a hurricane.
The six-month-long Atlantic Hurricane Season starts June 1. Current season outlooks forecast a near-normal year with 13 named storms and five hurricanes, two of which could be major hurricanes with a 50 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will strike the United States Coast. Complete your family’s plans, help your neighbors complete theirs, and everyone is better prepared to help each other following a storm.
It only takes one hurricane to turn a near-normal season into an active season for your family, home, and neighborhood.
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Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997, specializes in the sale of emergency backup power generators and outdoor power equipment. Norwall stocks 1000s of standby generators, portable generators, automatic transfer switches, and replacement parts in multiple warehouses throughout the US for immediate shipment. With over 75 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant arenas, sales staff provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. Now in business over 20 years, Norwall has shipped a quarter-million generators.