June 1 marked the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs through November 30. David Lacaillade, Emergency Manager and EMS Coordinator at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals, offers some tips on how to be prepared—whether at home or at work.
“Historically, the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that impact our region take place during August and September,” Lacaillade said. “However, we have already begun preparing at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals and it’s a great time for others to do the same for their homes and families.”
Throughout hurricane season, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) shares important preparedness information to help residents be aware of, and prepare for, the impacts of tropical storms and hurricanes. Doing the following will help keep you safe during a hurricane:
- Know your zone. Massachusetts has defined hurricane evacuation zones for areas of the state at risk for flooding associated with tropical storms or hurricanes. Local or state officials will use these zones to call for people living, working or vacationing in these areas to evacuate. Find out if you live, work or vacation in a hurricane evacuation zone by visiting the ‘Know Your Zone’ interactive map.
- Make a plan. Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other and how to communicate during a tropical storm or hurricane.
- Build a kit. A kit containing items that will sustain you and your family during extended power outages, flooding, and impassable debris-covered roads is important. View the emergency kit checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
- Stay informed. Receiving advance warnings and timely emergency alerts and information from public officials is critical to staying safe during a tropical storm or hurricane. There are a number of ways to get real-time updates about a storm or hurricane.
While it is rare that Massachusetts gets hit with a strong hurricane, it’s always smart to be prepared. Hurricanes can impact the entire state, not only the coast, so use these tips to have a safe hurricane season.