Hurricane Safety

Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1 – November 30. Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem; their impact can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant effects can occur without it being a major hurricane. 

The City of Ocoee is home to numerous lakes and other bodies of water. Flooding within the City could be lacustrine flooding from elevated lakes and ponds, riverine flooding from streams and waterways, and shallow flooding from ponding and sheet flow. 


Be prepared

Know your flood risk! Are you in a flood zone or floodway? Be sure with FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center (MSC). Review important documents and check your insurance policy.

Strengthen your home by cleaning out gutters, bringing in or securing outdoor furniture, and securing hurricane shutters. 

Develop an evacuation plan. From which direction is the storm coming? What roads may be flooded? What is the quickest path to safety? View Disaster Preparedness Maps to find out.

Recognize Warnings and Alerts. Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), which require no sign-up. 

Gather Supplies. Ensure you have enough non-perishable food, potable water, disinfection supplies, medicine, and pet food to last a few days. Charge your phone and other devices. Top off your vehicle’s gas tank. Know that restricted access to services can last up to a few weeks after a hurricane.

Be a Good Neighbor. Check on your neighbor, senior adults, and those who may need additional help. Assist them with planning, strengthening their home, and obtaining supplies.

 



After the Storm

Stay Informed. Pay attention to local officials for information and special instructions. Following a storm or other disaster, debris may be present and present a hazard. Be careful when cleaning up and wear protective clothing. Separate vegetation (branches, leaves, plants, etc.) from other trash and bulky items (furniture, appliances, roof shingles, etc.) in order to expedite the clean-up process and minimize pests. Check for leaks and water damage to avoid issues with mold and other possible health and safety matters. Check electrical equipment to make sure it is dry and not in standing water.

Stay Safe. If standing water is present, do not enter the residence to avoid possible dangerous pathogens, hazardous debris, chemicals, waste, wildlife, and electrical shock. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box.

Check-in with Family and Friends to let them know you are safe. Phone systems may be down, so communication via text messages or social media may be the best option.

Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

 

Additional Resources

www.ready.gov/hurricanes Opens in new windowwww.osha.gov/hurricane Opens in new windowwww.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html Opens in new windowwww.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep Opens in new window

  1. https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
  2. https://www.osha.gov/hurricane
  3. https://www.noaa.gov/hurricane-prep
  4. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane.html