At this time of year we start planning for the upcoming hurricane season which begins June 1st. The National Weather Service has designated May 7 – 13, 2017 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. To assist you in preparation for this year’s hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center has created a list of seven daily tips to follow during Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Sunday, May 7th – Determine your risk and exposure to a hurricane.
Monday, May 8th – Develop a plan for evacuation to a local shelter if you live in an evacuation zone, or if you decide to stay in your home, a designated safe area. Also, be sure to make arrangements for your pets ahead of time. Most shelters do not permit pets.
Tuesday, May 9th – Stock up on supplies such as flashlights, batteries, canned goods, water, cash, and any needed medication.
Wednesday, May 10th – Call your insurance company to make sure you are fully insured to make any needed repairs after a storm.
Thursday, May 11th – Strengthen your home. Check on shutters and make any necessary repairs to your home.
Friday, May 12th – Coordinate plans with your neighbors for before and after the storm.
Saturday, May 13th – Write down your plan for riding out the storm and any needed supplies.
Although the height of hurricane season does not technically begin until early to mid - September, it is important to still be prepared. If you are not sure of what steps to take in preparation for hurricane season, a good resource is the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov or the Town of Jupiter website at www.jupiter.fl.us/storm.
In addition, I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday and please remember to be careful if you are enjoying our beaches or boating on our waterways during the holiday weekend.
As always, I look forward to seeing you around town and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and on Twitter for important events and information.
Frank J. Kitzerow
Chief of Police