Next month starts the beginning of another hurricane season. Last year’s season reminds of the destruction and devastation hurricane force winds and rain can cause. Compared to other areas damaged by hurricanes last year, we were fortunate to have been minimally affected by Hurricane Irma.
The National Weather Service has designated May 6 – 12, 2018 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 6th – Determine your risk and exposure to a hurricane.
Monday, May 7th – 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 8th – Stock up on supplies such as flashlights, batteries, canned goods, water, cash, and any needed medication.
Wednesday, May 9th – Call your insurance company to make sure you are fully insured to make any needed repairs after a storm.
Thursday, May 10th – Strengthen your home. Check on shutters and make any necessary repairs to your home.
Friday, May 11th – Help your neighbor collect supplies and coordinate plans with your neighbors for before and after the storm.
Saturday, May 12th – Write down your plan for riding out the storm and make a list of any further needed supplies you may still need to gather.
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 closing, 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.
I look forward to seeing you around town and don’t forget to visit us on our website at www.jupiter.fl.us/jpd, on Facebook, Instagram, and on Twitter for important events and information.
Frank J. Kitzerow
Chief of Police