PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging individuals, households, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and all levels of government to prepare now for any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Florence. Identify what you may need in an emergency and take steps to prepare for any potential impacts from this storm.
At 1100 AM EDT on September 7, 2018, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Florence is moving toward the west near 8 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through Sunday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Florence is forecast to regain strength over the weekend. Regardless of Florence's eventual track, large swells will begin to affect portions of the U.S. East Coast this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and rip currents. Florence could become a hurricane again by Saturday night or Sunday, so the time to prepare is now.
Residents and visitors in coastal and inland areas should monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials. “Stay tuned into what Florence is doing, and check on your neighbors now. Have a plan,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “Everyone, especially those who are at greatest risk of being impacted by this storm, should start preparing now by seeing what they may need in an emergency and preparing for any possible impacts from Florence.” Be the help in your neighborhood to ensure that everyone is taking action to prepare, including at risk populations. Consider the following tips to help prepare for a potential hurricane:
- Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV, radio, and follow mobile alert and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area.
- Sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).
- Download the FEMA app, receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
- If you have access and functional needs, take steps to prepare in advance, including informing your support network of your emergency supplies and planning for your critical needs, such as transportation, power, and communications.
- Contact your local officials regarding community plans and resources in place.
- Prepare your children for potential emergencies, including having additional supplies, toys, and necessities such as formula and diapers on hand.
- Plan ahead if you have pets – know what you’ll do in the event of a storm, and where you can go – have extra supplies like food and water on hand.
- Gather your important documents (such as tax information, financial, personal, household, and medical) and keep them in a safe place.
- Securing critical documents ahead of time will help expedite your recovery from any emergency.
- Review your insurance coverage to make sure you are protected.
- Check on your neighbors – make sure they are prepared for any potential impacts from Florence.
More information may be found at www.Ready.gov/make-a-plan.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more about FEMA Region III at www.FEMA.gov/region-iii. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.