Response to Natural Disasters

Response to Natural Disasters

TORNADOES

Tornado

 

Before: How to Plan

  • Conduct tornado drills each year.
  • Designate an area in the home as a shelter, and practice having everyone in the family go there in response to a tornado threat. Consider having a mattress or blankets there for extra protection.
  • Discuss with family members the difference between “tornado watch” and “tornado warning”.

Develop an Emergency Communication Plan

In case family members are separated from one another during a tornado, have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as a “family contact”. After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone
in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Tornado Danger Signs

  • An approaching cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel cloud is not visible.
  • Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still.
  • Tornadoes generally occur near the edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

Tornado Sirens

The City of Winter Park operates an Outdoor Tornado Siren Warning System as part of a comprehensive approach towards mass alerting for tornado severe weather events. Activated for a TORNADO WARNING issued for Orange County and directly threatening the Winter Park community. The siren system will provide a three-minute alert and will not include an “all clear” siren tone.

HURRICANES

Hurricane

Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan

  • Identify ahead of time where you could go if you are told to evacuate.
  • Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map of your area. You may need to take alternate or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing

  • First aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • A minimum of 3 gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding/sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so.

Prepare for High Winds

  • Install hurricane shutters or purchase precut 1/2″ outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home.
  • Make trees more wind resistant by removing diseased and damaged limbs, then strategically remove branches so that wind can blow through.
  • Subscribe to free email and text message alerts through Winter Park Police OUTREACH Emergency Alert System and other local media news service providers.

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Tips and suggestions provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information on the issues addressed in this informational pamphlet, visit fema.gov

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