Hurricane Season Preparedness
Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and lasts through November 30.
Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods and other Disasters
- Know your Hurricane Risk: Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.
- Make an Emergency Plan: Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for the office, kids’ daycare, and anywhere you frequent.
- Gather Supplies: Have enough supplies for your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk.
- Know your Evacuation Zone: You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will stay.
- Recognize Warnings and Alerts: Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alertsfrom the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for SwiftReach alerts from the Township of Millburn.
- Review Important Documents: Make sure your insurance policies and personal documents like ID are up to date. Make copies and keep them in a secure password protected digital space.
- Get Tech Ready: Keep your cell phone charged when you know a hurricane is in the forecast and purchase backup charging devices to power electronics.
- Help your Neighborhood: Check with neighbors, senior adults, or those who may need additional help securing hurricane plans to see how you can be of assistance to others
- Those with Disabilities: If you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability identify if you may need additional help during an emergency.
Staying Safe During a Hurricane
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- If told to evacuate by local officials, do so immediately.
Dealing with the Weather
- Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
- If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19. COVID-19
- Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly. COVID-19
- Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter [by avoiding crowds or gathering in groups] as much as possible. COVID-19
- Anyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities. COVID-19
- Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.