Ready For The Storm?

cropped-jvillewelakadmdpreaching-0713.jpgDuval CodeRED Emergency Notification System:   Alexandria residents are encouraged to be JaxReady by staying up to date with the latest emergency notifications from Duval County Emergency Management. CodeRED is the emergency notification system that Duval County uses to warn citizens of a potential or pending emergency. To sign up for Emergency Notifications:  http://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/0A7CF8D24FFD

The Alexandria is located in Evacuation Zone A, A RED ZONE, plan accordingly.  Alex evacuation zone

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Before a Hurricane   www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Hurricane season lasts from June through November, and according to the National Hurricane Center, the peak of the season occurs between mid-August and late October.

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Know your surroundings.

  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecast.

  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.

  • Make plans to secure your property:  Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking. Nothing can be attached to The Alexandria common property, including brick and wooden elements.  Window frames are owner’s property and can be used, but must be repaired, if needed.  Any alterations to the outside of your home must be approved by your Board of Directors.

  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.

  • When high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows. When flooding may be occurring, be prepared to take shelter on a floor safely above the flooding and wave effects.

Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico seen from space.

What’s a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.  For disaster related information, vist www.FEMA.gov.

Emergency Preparedness Kit

The following items should be included in a hurricane or disaster kit:

Water     At least one gallon of water per day per person for 3-5 days, two quarts a day for drinking and two quarts for food preparation and sanitation. Water purification tablets

Food    Enough for 3-5 days.Non-perishable dry or canned food such as ready-to-eat meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, juices and milk. High energy snack foods such as protein or fruit bars, trail mix, peanut butter and crackers.Comfort foods such as nuts, cookies, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea and hard candy. Special dietary and baby foods.Vitamins

Kitchen Supplies    Manual can opener.Eating and cooking utensils, mess kits, plates and cups.Matches or lighters in a waterproof container.Emergency cooking/camping equipment.Liquid detergent and household chlorine bleach.Plastic bucket and lid.Hand sanitizer.Ice and cooler.

Tools and Supplies    Flashlight and extra batteries.Battery operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries.Toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, feminine supplies and toiletries.First aid kit.Mosquito/insect repellent. Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, batteries and other personal items.Hat, extra clothing for one week.Rain gear.Heavy duty plastic garbage bags.Whistle.Specialty items for infants, such as formula, diapers, wipes, bottles and pacifiers, and for elderly relatives and pets. Important documents such as passport, copies of credit cards, identification cards and insurance papers. Extra charger for cell phone and power cord for laptop computer.List of important phone numbers.