Hurricane Preparedness


USF Division of Public Safety stressed being prepared, having a plan.


By Lara Wade News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (June 1, 2010) -- Today marks the first day of hurricane season 2010. The USF Division of Public Safety is stressing hurricane preparedness and having a personal plan.


The division has posted important links and information on their webpage from various national organizations including NOAA and the National Weather Service to help individuals prepare for hurricane season.


Some of the suggestions from the National Hurricane Center, and posted on the Public Safety webpage include, “Having a Family Plan” which contains the following steps:


Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.


Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.


Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.


Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.


Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.


Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.


Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.


Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.


Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.


Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.


For the most current and up-to-date emergency information, always check the USF Web site, the Public Safety Web page and the USF toll-free information line at 1 (800) 992-4231. In the event of an emergency, details will be updated as changes occur or there are cancellations to report. 


Lara Wade is responsible for crisis communications. She can be reached at 813-833-1498.