LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas may be landlocked, but that doesn't give the state immunity from the effects of hurricanes.
Less than three years ago, in fact, the state received two disaster declarations because of flooding and storms associated with hurricanes Gustav and Ike. That means Arkansans should be aware of the damage hurricanes can cause even hundreds of miles from the coast.
"The damage caused by Ike and Gustav underscores the need for Arkansans to take preparedness seriously year round," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "The Gulf of Mexico may seem too far away to pose a threat here, but hurricanes there have spawned storms in Arkansas that have done extensive damage."
Residents and businesses can prepare for hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Readiness begins with common sense and an emergency kit, which should include:
- Weather radio, flashlight - and batteries for both
- Bottled water and nonperishable food
- Rain gear and dry clothes
- Bedding and toiletries, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant
- Medications, copies of prescriptions and extra eye glasses
- Special products for infants, the elderly and medically fragile family members
- Cash (ATMs may not function in a power outage) and credit cards
- Photo IDs, important documents and records, and proof of residence and information an insurance agent will require to process claims
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.