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Hurricane Times 2017
Transcript of Hurricane Times 2017
Residents with Special Needs
Knowledge is Power
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lists living in a mobile home, a high-rise building, near or on the coast, on a floodplain or near other bodies of water as reasons to immediately evacuate if a hurricane is coming your way.
General Safety Guidelines for the use of a Generator
Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open. Keep generators outside and far away from windows, doors and vents. Read both the label on your generator and the owner's manual and follow the instructions. Any electrical cables you use with the generator should be free of damage and suitable for outdoor use.
Don’t forget to run (exercise) your generator at least once a month. This accomplishes a couple of things. It lubricates the engine by circulating oil, it runs fresh gas through the carburetor and it works to recharge the battery. All of these things help to insure that the generator will start when you really need it in an emergency.
Wednesday, June 7 2017
Self Sufficiency for 5-7 days
Transporting and Storing your Generator
When transporting or storing the generator, be sure to turn the fuel valve OFF. If left on, gasoline may get into the engine crankcase and dilute the engine oil, thus reducing the lubrication properties of the oil and causing severe engine damage.
If you are going to store your generator for more then 2 months, drain the fuel from the carburetor float bowl, drain the fuel from the sediment cup, and then add the correct proportion of fuel conditioner to the tank and top it off.
Don't assume the generator in your building will operate effectively.
Most of our after storm responses were to assist residents who were without power.
Food will only last so long without power.
Debris can and has blocked roads making access to roadways extremely difficult.
Flooding can present serious hazards a makes access extremely difficult.
Make arrangements before the storm to stock up on medications.
Don't forget about our furry friends.
Charcoal Grills and Camp Stoves
Never use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors. Deaths have occurred when consumers burned charcoal or used camp stoves in enclosed spaces, which produced lethal levels of carbon monoxide.
Install carbon monoxide alarms immediately outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home to protect against CO poisoning. Change the alarms' batteries every year.
Electrical and Gas Safety
Stay away from any downed wires, including cable TV feeds. They may be live with deadly voltage. If you are standing in water, do not handle or operate electrical appliances. Electrical components, including circuit breakers, wiring in the walls and outlets that have been under water should not be turned on. They should be replaced unless properly inspected and tested by a qualified electrician.
Natural gas or propane valves that have been under water should be replaced. Smell and listen for leaky gas connections. If you believe there is a gas leak, immediately leave the house, leave the door(s) open, and call 911. Never strike a match. Any size flame can spark an explosion. Before turning the gas back on, have the gas system checked by a professional.
Use caution with candles. If possible, use flashlights instead. If you must use candles, do not burn them on or near anything that can catch fire. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish candles when you leave the room.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you
Will be needed for drinking, cooking and bathing. Store enough for all members of your family before the storm.
1 gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation
Clean water for bathing and washing dishes is in your hot water heater.
During a storm, phone and electrical lines go down. Dangerous weather conditions prevent EMS response. Prepare your families with CPR and First Aid Training.
Palm Beach Fire Rescue offers free training to residents and businesses.
Non-Perishable items such as canned foods, powdered drinks and quick energy snacks.
Sandwich bread can be frozen until needed as part of your supplies.