How to Prepare for Tropical Weather

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - With all of the Hurricane Harvey talk, it's never too soon to start preparing for tropical storms and severe weather.

There's a possibility for a tropical storm to head our wy next week, so in the event that this occurs, Brad Monroe the Deputy Chief of Emergency Services at the Emergency Operations Center (EoC) advises reisdents to keep up with the local weather and stock up on necessities as soon as possible.

"Plan for a camp out, because you're probably not going to have electricity, you're not going to have water, the sewage system may not work, you may not be able to get cash from an ATM, you may not be able to get gasoline," he said. "So all of those things need to be on hand if you expect to make it through the few days that we'll be without power and services."

If the conditions reach a category three to five, Monroe said it's best to make a plan to evacuate.

"You can contact relatives in other states or other locations, or friends, and make a plan for what you would do for an evacuation of this area," he said.

He also encourages everyone to be responsible for themselves and not rely on emergency responders if the conditions get too bad.

"We may not be able to respond if you have an emergency after the intensity of a storm gets to a certain point, so we encourage people to be prepared way ahead of time to avoid such circumstances," Monroe said.

Anyone with special needs or in need of extra assistance should register with the EoC before hand, in case there is an emergency or disaster situation.

They also recommend signing up for Alert Bay, which will update you on any weather or emergency notifications in your neighborhood.

Find out more information for how to prepare for a hurricane here.


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