Watch vs. Warning: Know the Difference
A hurricane watch is issued when your part of the coast indicates the possibility that you could experience hurricane conditions within 36 hours. This watch should trigger a review of your
disaster plan. Protective measures should be initiated, especially
those that require extra time, such as securing property, sandbagging, fueling vehicles and generators, defining key employees, setting up a command center, and keeping your insurance
(Telcom and NTCA’s) contact information close at hand.
A hurricane warning is issued when your part of the coast
indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 mph are expected
within 24 hours or less. This is the time to enact your preparedness plan.
Once the warning has been issued, your company and your
family should be in the process of completing protective actions
and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.
Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their
wind speed, central pressure and damage potential. Category 3
and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes; Categories 1 and 2 are still extremely dangerous and warrant your
l You should have a disaster plan. Discuss the type of hazards
that could affect your company and your family. We can’t forget that it’s not just your company that could be affected, but
your employees personally could be affected. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
l Locate a safe room or the safest areas for each hurricane
hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be
your office or home but within your community. In some cases,
your telecom offices may be the community’s command center.
l Determine the best evacuation routes and establish a place
to meet if you and your co-workers are separated. For your
family, have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all
your family members have a single point of contact.
l Have a “pet plan” in place before a storm threatens. Contact
your vet or local humane society for information on preparing
your pet for an emergency.
As always, if you need help with hurricane preparedness or
assistance after your area has been hit by a hurricane, Telcom
is always there for you— just a phone call or email away. l
l Water—at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
l Food—at least enough for 3 to 7 days
> non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
> foods for infants or the elderly
> snack foods
> non-electric can opener
> cooking tools / fuel
> paper plates / plastic utensils
l Blankets / Pillows, etc.
l Clothing—seasonal / rain gear / sturdy shoes
l First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
l Special Items—for babies and the elderly
l Toiletries / Hygiene Items / Moisture Wipes
l Flashlight / Batteries
l Radio—battery operated and NOAA weather radio
l Telephones—fully charged cellphone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
l Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards—banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
l Toys, Books and Games
l Important Documents—in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
l Insurance, Medical Records, Bank Account Numbers, Social Security Card, etc.
l Tools—keep a set with you during the storm
l Pet Care Items
> proper identification immunization records /medications
> ample supply of food and water
> a carrier or cage
> muzzle and leash
l Gas/Fuel—after a storm, many gas stations are destroyed or closed. Make sure to fill all of your vehicles before a storm
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