WESTFIELD, Mass. -- As hurricane season approaches the weeks of highest risk, emergency managers are reminding residents of Massachusetts to keep their guard up.
"Typically, the potential for severe tropical storm activity is strongest in August and September, and that means we need to be ready for whatever the weather brings," said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz.
"There are simple steps everyone can take to be ready," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nick Russo. "It may take a little time and effort, but having a plan will pay off in the long run."
Here's additional information to help you prepare:
- Get a kit. Assemble a disaster supplies kit with food, water, medical supplies, battery-powered radio and NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, batteries, flashlights, and other items that will allow you to get by for at least three days after a hurricane hits.
If you are a smart phone user, make sure that you have a working phone charger for use in your vehicle. This could help you stay connected to vital emergency information during a power failure.
- Make a plan. Make a family disaster plan that includes out-of-town contacts and locations to reunite if loved ones become separated. Be sure everyone knows home, work and cell phone numbers, and how to call 9-1-1.
- Be Informed. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. Be aware of weather threats and warnings.
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.