Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Guard Against Complacency
A few seasons of fairly mild tropical activity can lull us into a false sense of security when it comes to hurricane preparedness. Here are some helpful tips to remember:
-Perform seasonal duties: Housekeeping to get rid of or secure surplus materials and trash; assemble hurricane kit(s) with proper provisions; check operation of emergency generators; review emergency plan and update contacts. Consider contacting local authorities to coordinate response plans in advance and research the best method for properly securing specific hangar doors.
-When a watch has been issued: Inventory and stock supplies with flashlights, fresh batteries, drinking water, foodstuffs, generator gasoline and cell phone charging capabilities. Survey property and adjoining properties to ensure that material blown from those areas will not endanger the life and property of others. Remove all trash and material of no value from premises. Lightweight and moveable equipment is placed under shelter or otherwise secured. Permanent appurtenances such as doors, signs, windows, fences, gates, etc. are checked and secured to withstand high wind velocities. (See that sufficient ropes, chocks and other necessary equipment is available.) Make preparations to relocate flyable aircraft to other geographical areas. Fire extinguishers and hydrants checked and conditioned as necessary.
-When a warning has been issued: Secure working equipment not already cared for above, including non-flyable aircraft. Where possible, move vehicles and equipment inside or otherwise tie down then waterproof ignition wiring systems. Relocate flyable aircraft, place under suitable shelter or secure as appropriate. Garbage cans, dumpsters, and signs secured or removed. Protect breakables such as light globes, windows, outdoor ceiling fans, etc. When boarding up, use good quality lumber and fasten securely. (Makeshift boarding may do more damage than no boarding at all.) Have strong bracing for outside doors. Tie-down or secure hangar doors as appropriate. Perform last-minute inspection of property and evacuate to safe location, releasing non-essential personnel from duty in time to allow them to safely arrive home before travel becomes dangerous.