Tropical weather headed here?
A storm still thousands of miles away from the Gulf Coast is interesting enough to storm trackers to have gained their focus this week.
Tropical Depress 5, which will be Hurricane Ernesto if it continues to develop, has formed in the Atlantic with forecasters issuing predictions and storm models in anticipation of strengthening conditions.
Two months into the 2012 hurricane season, Escambia County Emergency Managment Director David Adams, said now – far in advance of the threat of a hurricane – is the time to prepare.
The tropics are beginning to get active, as we all expect for this time of year,” Adams said. “It is still too early to know if we might be affected or not. The early tracks show this storm as a hurricane near Jamaica on Monday afternoon.”
Adams said the information provided isn’t meant as a warning for our area, but simply as a reminder of what could happen.
“We just wanted to put out some kind reminder to check your emergency supplies and plans early,” Adams said. “Do not wait until the last minute to get prepared.”
Adams said EMA personnel, as well as staff of the National Hurricane Center, will continue to monitor the depression and release alerts, updates and new forecasts as they are available.
“We will continue to monitor as this systems that is being forecast to make hurricane strength by Monday,” Adams said. “The National Weather Service has cautioned everyone that there is an uncertainty in both the track and the intensity forecast on this developing system.”
The following is a list of items to consider including in an emergency kit in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster:
- Hurricane shutters or storm panels for all windows and glass sliding doors
- Solar-powered Flashlight and Flashlight with extra batteries for each member of your family
- Battery operated lanterns with extra batteries
- Propane gas portable camping stove or grill (outside use only)
- Waterproof Matches and lighter
- Fire Extinguisher
- Battery operated radio and/or Battery operated Television with extra batteries
- Cellular telephone with solar re-charger
- Gas operated portable electric generator (outside use only)
- Properly “gauged” extension cord for use with your portable electric generator
- Fuel for car, portable generator, or chain saw
- 5 gallon gas cans (at least 2)
- Funnel for gas can
- Battery operated fan
- Hand operated can opener
- 30 day supply of prescription medications
- Battery operated or wind-up Clock
- First aid kit
- Any special health care items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
- Plastic garbage bags with ties
- Tools – nails, hammer, screw drivers, axe, crow bar, box cutter
- Clean containers for storing drinking water (fill clean bathtubs with water for miscellaneous use; swimming pool water can be used for flushing toilets if there is no water pressure)
- Bleach for sanitizing water
- Water purifier
- Paper plates, napkins or paper towels, plastic cups and utensils
- 12 volt refrigerator and ice chest
- 12 volt power converter
- Food for pets
- Rope or heavy cord
- Work Gloves
- Weather protection TARP covers
- Duct tape
- Protective shoes and clothing
- Waterproof container for important documents
- Homeowner’s insurance company contact information and other important documents