While Irma’s eventual course is still an unknown, the storm’s intensity warrants special attention. With a weekend coming up for use as prep-time for homeowners, and given the severity of this hurricane, we should all be thinking about using the next 3-5 days wisely.
The NWS has told us that impacts from this storm could start being felt as early as Tuesday 12 Sept. So use the time between now and then to start thinking about the following:
- Prepare your homes for a major wind event. Everything should be secured/tied down as much as possible.
- If you flood-proof your home for storms----you almost certainly should for this event.
- Secure your boats. If you are pulling them out, waiting for Sunday-Monday might make things difficult.
- Anticipate a power outage. Perhaps a lengthy one. Have your battery powered radios and generators ready for operation. Test your generators in a well-ventilated area.
- Pick up meds and other critical health care necessities soon. Waiting until Monday may not be prudent.
- Stock food and/medications as required.
- Top off your vehicles with fuel.
- You should be mentally and logistically prepared for the possibility of evacuation. Start thinking (just in case) where you would go if we decided to evacuate and you need a place to stay. Some in Town are already making motel reservations inland.
- You should be enrolled in the Code Red emergency notification system.