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Hurricane Preparedness - Spring 2010

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Useful information and tips on helping your family
prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season.

For a complete list of Hurricane Names for the 2010 season,
please visit the National Hurricane Center page

June 1st marks the start of the 2010 hurricane season.
Keep track of this year's storms at




November 4, 2010

Tropical Storm Tomas has begun to pick up steam and speed. The weather forecast projects the storm's arrival this evening, ahead of the anticipated time.  Fortunately, Tomas is going between the islands of Jamaica and Haiti (almost like threading a needle). Winds are beginning to increase, and spotty rain has been felt in Port-au-Prince since this morning. Schools and businesses closed Thursday and will remain closed Friday as Tomas moves through Haiti.
The EOC will now be at the College Verena Administration building at Delmas 2. Teams are on stand-by and ready to be deployed after the storm's full impact has been felt. A contingency plan is in place to deliver initial service to the southern portion of Haiti, where the main impact will likely be felt.


May 26, 2010

Atlanta, GA: June 1 is the official start of hurricane season, and The Salvation Army is urging families to get prepared now. Dr. Bill Gray’s April 2010 hurricane forecast predicts that this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will have significantly more activity than the average season. Gray estimates that 2010 will have 15 named storms, 8 of which will become hurricanes with 4 becoming major hurricanes.

The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory, which serves 15 southeastern states and the District of Columbia, is joining with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local and state emergency management agencies, to urge residents who live in areas susceptible to hurricanes to prepare now.

"Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has to be a team effort," said Major C. Mark Brown, Community Relations & Development Secretary. "We are ready, trained and equipped to do the most good for any community hit by devastation. This is not just for hurricanes, as our units have already been extremely active this year with tornadoes and floods across the southeastern United States."

The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief and recovery assistance related to tornados and flooding in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. Additionally, relief and recovery work related to the Haitian Earthquake will continue for the foreseeable future.

The Salvation Army continues to strengthen and enhance its own emergency readiness. Including training for disaster volunteers, maintaining a fleet of emergency response vehicles, and pre-positioning of critical supplies, such as clean-up kits, in disaster warehouses.

The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory has:

  • 234 mobile feeding units, each capable of producing approximately 1,500 meals per day, strategically placed throughout the southeastern United States.
  • 4 tractor-trailer field kitchens, each capable of producing 15,000 meals, stationed in Tampa, FL, Jackson, MS and Dallas, TX.
  • 4 satellite communications trailers stationed in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, SC, Jackson, MS, and Tampa, FL. A communications bus is stationed in Dallas, TX.
  • 5 disaster warehouses with a total of 332,500 square feet of storage space for disaster supplies. Warehouses are located in Arlington, TX, Beaumont, TX, Jackson, MS, Ridgeland, SC and Tampa, FL. The Jackson disaster warehouse was opened this year and the new warehouse in Arlington, TX, represents a significant expansion over a previous facility.
  • For more information on disaster training and volunteer opportunities please visit The Salvation Army also offers specialized training for church leaders on emotional and spiritual care in disasters and how to prepare church congregations for emergencies.

The Salvation Army also stresses the need for personal preparedness, “Government, charities, faith-organizations and private industry are all working together. But we can’t do it alone. We have to engage the general public so that every family has a personal disaster preparedness plan and is also ready to help their neighbors, especially the elderly or those with special needs in an emergency,” stated Jeff Jellets, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army Southern Territory.

For more information on personal preparedness, The Salvation Army recommends visiting (sponsored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) or (sponsored by the National Hurricane Survival Initiative).

The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work began in the United States as the result of hurricane response. In 1900, The Salvation Army mobilized to offer food, water, clothing and other basic necessities to the survivors of the great Galveston Hurricane. Since then, The Salvation Army has become one of the most reliable and active providers of disaster relief in the country.

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts may do so by visiting, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contacting their local Salvation Army Corps. For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.



May 26, 2010

Louisville, KY: Whether a power outage in your home is caused by grid failure or severe weather, you can take the following steps to prepare and respond.

Family Safety

  • Include power outages in your family disaster plan identifying alternate means of transportation and routes to home, school or work.  
  • Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.
  • Keep your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. 
  • During a power outage, resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information --that's what your battery-powered radio is for. 
  • Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes. Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance if weather is severe during the outage. 
  • Keep a supply of flashlights, batteries and a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard. 
  • Keep a supply of non-perishable foods, medicine, baby supplies and pet food as appropriate on hand. Also be sure to have at least one gallon of water per person per day on hand.  
  • If it is cold outside, put on layers of warm clothing. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • If it is hot outside, take steps to remain cool. Move to the lowest level of your home as cool air falls and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. If the heat is intense and the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or "cooling shelter" that may be opened in your community.
  • Remember to provide plenty of fresh, cool water for your pets. 


  • Avoid opening the fridge or freezer. Food should be safe as long as the outage lasts no more than 4-6 hours. 
  • Have one or more coolers for cold food storage in case power outage is prolonged. Perishable foods should not be stored for more than two hours above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • If you must eat food that was refrigerated or frozen, check it carefully for signs of spoilage.  


  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas. 
  • Connect only individual appliances to portable generators.
  • Don't plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home's electrical system - as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.  

When Power Returns

  • When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.
  • When power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand.

Source/Reference: Federal Alliance for Safe Homes - Great Hurricane Blowout



May 26, 2010

Louisville, KY: Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.

Family Emergency Plan

  • Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
  • Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.
  • Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
  • Subscribe to alert services. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.

Planning to Stay or Go

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet often for information or official instruction as it becomes available. For information on staying put or sheltering in place, click here.

Emergency Information

Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and man-made, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren, or get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door.

Emergency Plans

Use the New Online Family Emergency Planning Tool created by the Ready Campaign in conjunction with the Ad Council to prepare a printable Comprehensive Family Emergency Plan:

Use the New Quick Share application to help your family in assembling a quick reference list of contact information for your family, and a meeting place for emergency situations:

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more: School and Workplace.

Source/Reference: FEMA - Ready.Gov



May 26, 2010

Louisville, KY: The Salvation Army has partnered with The National Hurricane Survival Initiative to provide detailed resources for ways you can prepare for the pending Hurricane Season. Are you prepared?

As you know, the most important thing you can do as hurricane season approached is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.  By starting early, you'll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.

You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container—suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.

Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies.

Food and Water

download the food and water checklist


  • Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
  • Store one gallon of water per person per day.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*


Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
  • Canned juices
  • Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
  • High energy foods
  • Vitamins
  • Food for infants
  • Comfort/stress foods

First Aid and Non-Prescription Drugs

download the first aid and non-prescription drug checklist

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5" x 9" sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3" cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2" width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • Tweezers.
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs  

Tools and Supplies  

download the tools and supplies checklist

  • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
  • Emergency preparedness manual*
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries*
  • Flashlight and extra batteries*
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change*
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife*
  • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type
  • Tube tent
  • Pliers
  • Tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Signal flare
  • Paper, pencil
  • Needles, thread
  • Medicine dropper
  • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and water
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Map of the area (for locating shelters)

Sanitation, Clothing and Bedding

download the sanitation, clothing and bedding checklist


  • Toilet paper, towelettes*
  • Soap, liquid detergent*
  • Feminine supplies*
  • Personal hygiene items*
  • Plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Household chlorine bleach

Clothing and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.

  • Sturdy shoes or work boots*
  • Rain gear*
  • Blankets or sleeping bags*
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses

Special Items

download the special items checklist: infants, adults, pets

Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons.

For Baby*

  • Formula
  • Diapers
  • Bottles
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications

For Adults*

  • Heart and high blood pressure medication
  • Insulin
  • Prescription drugs
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses


  • Board games and other games that don’t require batteries or electricity, books for adult readers and for children.

For Pets

In the interest of protecting pets, the Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan:

  • Do not leave your pets behind.
  • Securely fasten a current identification tag to your pet's collar and carry a photograph of your pet. It's important to include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
  • Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
  • Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets.
  • Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together.
  • Pack a week's supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.).

Possessions and Documents

download the possessions and documents checklist

  • Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container:
    • Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    • Passports, social security cards, immunization records
    • Bank account numbers
    • Credit card account numbers and companies
  • Inventory of valuable household goods, important telephone numbers
  • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
  • Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, update clothes, etc.
  • Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Source/Reference: The National Hurricane Survival Initiative


May 26, 2010

Louisville, KY: In an effort to keep you informed and prepared for the coming Hurricane Season, The Salvation Army would like to present you with the following links to informative and enlightening information that will help ensure your safety as well as the safety of the ones you love. Please take a few moments to visit the sites and get a fore-knowledge of what to expect, and how best to ensure you are prepared!


The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in a hurricane's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.


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