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Hurricanes & Safety Press Release

By: Okaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office
By: Okaloosa Co. Sheriff's Office

Okaloosa COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
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Hurricane Preparedness Tips
The following information is from the National Hurricane Center on preparing for a hurricane. We hope we do not have a hurricane this year. However, the most important thing that one can do is to be informed and prepared. Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as reducing damages
Before a Hurricane gets to the area you should take the following measures:

Make plans to secure your property. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.
Make a plan now on what to do with your pets.

Determine how and where to secure your boat.
If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

Decide if you need to evacuate.
If you decide to stay in your home and ride out the storm:

Listen to the radio or TV for information.
Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.

Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

National Hurricane Center has a link for supplies needed for a disaster supply kit.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/prepare/supply_kit.shtml
For assistance call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
Non-Emergency Number:
850-651-7400


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