Prepare Your Affiliate as Hurricane Season Arrives

Prepare Your Affiliate as Hurricane Season Arrives
Posted on in Uncategorized

Print This Post Print This Post

Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11) is the perfect time to ensure your Affiliate has a hurricane disaster plan in place. Pacific hurricane season begins May 15, while the Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1. It is important to have a plan in place before the seasons start.

If your Affiliate is located in a coastal region, work on getting your plan in place by following these tips:

Create an emergency communication plan

The National Weather Service recommends addressing the following questions to create a plan.

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

These questions should be addressed as an Affiliate and shared with employees and volunteers.

Keep an emergency kit

Should a storm hit while employees, volunteers or customers are at your Affiliate, it is important to have a disaster kit with supplies like:

  • Battery operated radio
  • Three day water supply (1  gallon of water per person, per day)
  • Non-perishable three day food supply
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Generator
  • Emergency contact information

Know your local community’s evacuation plan

Always listen to local officials. If evacuation is necessary, take your emergency supply kit, leave early enough to avoid the severe weather and follow recommended routes. If you have time before evacuation, do what you can to protect your Affiliate’s property.

Protect your Affiliate’s property

Keep a checklist of measures to take if a hurricane is predicted, including:

  • Sandbag any area that is subject to flooding.
  • Put plywood or shutters over windows.
  • Anchor and brace any large furniture to wall studs.
  • Unplug electrical equipment such as computers and TVs. Leave fridges and freezers plugged in, unless there is risk of flooding.
  • If instructed by authorities, turn off all the utilities prior to a hurricane making landfall.
  • Contact employees and volunteers informing them of the closure.

Along with preparing your Affiliate, encourage your employees and volunteers to do the same. Join in on all the Hurricane Preparedness Week activities here.

comments powered by Disqus

Sorry, that passcode is incorrect.


Online Training Course Instructions

Read this entirely before proceeding to a training course.

Access Code: W8NAEBTG

Recommended Courses

  • You are Exposed: General Affiliate Safety
  • Fall Safety
  • ReStore Safety & Loss Control
  • Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity Job Site

Take Training Course Now
  • After reading these instructions in their entirety, click on Take Training Course Now.
  • In the Employee Access Code box enter: W8NAEBTG and press Submit. This is the code for all Habitat affiliates and volunteers to use.
  • The Safety Courses catalog screen offers a diverse selection of safety courses, including four Habitat-specific courses. Course completion time ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Click the name of the course you wish to take. The course loads and starts automatically. When the presentation has ended you will be prompted to take a Quiz.
  • Upon completion of the Quiz, you’ll be given your accuracy score, indicating Pass or Fail.
  • If you Fail, you may log in again and re-take the course at a later time
  • If you Pass, you will be directed to a course completion screen. On this screen enter your First Name and Last Name in the appropriate fields. In the Location field enter the Habitat affiliate name you are working with.
  • Course completion information is provided to HFHI, the program administrator and program underwriter.