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Storm Preparedness for Mountain Park Residents

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Tue Oct 07 2008, 09:29PM

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MOUNTAIN PARK
STORM PREPARATION

From the MP Civic Club Citizens Support Committee, Storm Preparedness Sub Committee, and MPVFR (which may update this thread from time to time). Since this forum can only be updated by authorized posters, please start a separate discussion about the topic for public input.

Overview (Expanded information may be found in 1, 2, 3 which follows the Overview)
MAKE A PLAN
Storms such as tornados do not give you time to prepare, just time to act. Have a family meeting to discuss a Readiness Plan. Remember to also plan for your pets.

Create a Plan to Shelter in Place. The safest place to shelter is in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level away from windows. Locate your Home-Preparedness Kit in this area.

Create a Plan to Get Away. Plan in advance how you will assemble, and anticipate where you will go. AFTER a local storm has passed, the Mountain Park Civic Building will be available for a shelter or, if necessary, it will be used as a staging area to transport residents to a safe place. Take your Home-Preparedness Kit with you.

How will You Stay in Contact if You are not All at Home? Discuss this scenario because communication systems may be slow or inoperable in certain areas.

Create a Personal Support Network. All family members should have the phone number of an out-of-town or an out-of-state relative who can be the contact point for your family.

Learn where Your Emergency Shut-Offs are Located. You should know how to safely shut off your water, gas, and electricity. If needed, contact the Mountain Park Vol. Fire & Rescue at 770-998-3533 to have someone come and show you where these are in your home.

When severe weather is evident, listen to local TV or radio stations for up-to-date information. We recommend you purchase a weather-alert radio* which will send out a loud tone when a weather alert is issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in our area.

A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted in our area. Go to safety immediately. If you hear tornado sirens, that means go to safety immediately!

AFTER A STORM PASSES
IF IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY AID IS NEEDED
DIAL 911.

TO REPORT DOWNED POWER LINES DIAL 911. ASSUME ALL LINES ARE ENERGIZED!

INSPECT FOR DAMAGE. USE EXTREME CAUTION if damage is evident around your home.

DO NOT USE CANDLES – use flashlights.

To report blocked roads or other similar issues, call the MPVFR non-emergency line
770-998-3533. (DO NOT CALL 911.)

MPVFR will be out after the storm has passed to assess damage and aid residents.

For additional post storm assistance with shelter, food, clothing, wheelchairs, etc., contact
Mountain Park Vol. Fire & Rescue
770-998-3533

1. Make a Home-Preparedness Kit
Assemble items that you would need to make it on your own for 3 days. Include fresh water, food, and comfort items. Put these items in a water-proof tote, and keep it in your designated storm room in your house. The tote will also permit you to take it all with you if you need to evacuate your home.

You can go to several web sites for more information:
ready.gov link
redcross.org/prepare link

Items to include in your Home-Preparedness Kit:
-Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day)
-Canned food (ready-to-eat)
-Manual can opener
-Other non-perishable food
-High energy foods
-Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-12 hour light-stick
-First Aid kit
-Emergency blankets (space blanket)
-Rain poncho
-Paper cups, plates, plastic utensils
-Whistle to call for help
-Sanitation items
-Plastic garbage bags & ties
-Items for persons with special needs (ex: diapers, pain relievers, hearing aid batteries)
-Copies of important documents (Insurance policy, birth certificates, medical insurance cards, social security records, list of prescription meds, etc.) - Put in zip-lock bag
-Extra set of house keys and car keys

2. Make a Plan
Gather your family together to discuss a Readiness Plan. Discuss how you will all stay in contact if you are not all at home when the disaster strikes. Remember, communication systems may be slow or inoperable in certain areas.

Create a plan to Shelter in Place. Identify the area of your home that is the safest to shelter in place based on the emergency, and the length of time you will need to be there. Locate your Home-Preparedness Kit in this area. Remember to include your pets in your plans.

Create a plan to Get Away. Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go. After a local storm has passed, the Mountain Park Civic Building will be available for a shelter, or if necessary, it will be used as a staging area to transport residents to a safe place. Remember to take your Home-Preparedness Kit with you. If you have relatives who live outside of the Atlanta area, you should discuss with them your plan and identify those relatives where you can relocate to. All family members should be aware of these plans so the family can stay in touch.

Know Emergency plans at School and Work. Find out how your children’s schools and your employers will communicate with families during an emergency.

Create a Personal Support Network.
All family members should have the phone number of an out-of-town or even an out-of-state relative who can be the contact point for your family. Write down a list of family, friends, and others who you may need to be in touch with; include addresses and phone numbers.

Learn where your Emergency Shut-Offs are located. You should know how to safely shut off your water, gas, and electricity. If you need assistance, contact the Mountain Park Vol Fire & Rescue at 770-998-3533.

3. Preparing for a Storm
Storms such as a hurricane can be monitored prior to their impact. Other storms such as tornados do not give you time to prepare, just time to act. By having a family meeting now, you can prepare for any storms that come.

The safest place to shelter in a home is in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level away from windows. When severe weather is evident, listen to local TV or radio stations for up-to-date information.
• A tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in our area.
• A tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted in our area. Go to safety immediately. If you hear tornado sirens, that means go to safety immediately!

A weather-alert radio can be purchased at stores like Radio Shack, and will send out a loud tone when a weather alert is issued by the National Weather Service for our area.

After a Storm Passes.
Evaluate your condition and if immediate Emergency aid is needed,
DIAL 911
If you need to report downed power lines,
DIAL 911
If you need to report roads blocked, or other similar issues, call the MPVFR non-emergency line – 770-998-3533.
If damage is evident around your home, use extreme caution.
• Watch out for fallen power lines. Assume all lines are energized.
• Inspect your home for damage.
• Do not use candles for lighting; use flashlights from your Home-Preparedness Kit.
• MPVFR will be out after the storm has passed, to assess damage and aid residents.
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