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My Coast Guard
Commentary | June 1, 2023

It's hurricane season. Are you ready?

By Zach Shapiro, MyCG Staff Writer

As the hurricane season begins on Jun. 1, MyCG has assembled some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare for any hurricanes that may come your way. Become familiar with and Center for Disease Control’s hurricane guide. Both sites offer preparedness tips as well as how to weather the storm, and what to do upon returning home if you are evacuated. 

Make sure you know your risk of being impacted by a hurricane. Hurricanes are known to have an impact on inland areas, not just on the coast. If you are in the hurricane track, know how your area may be impacted by high winds, tornados, and/or inland flooding. 

Make a plan 
Make sure you have a plan that your family understands. Program relevant emergency phone numbers into your phone and write them down in an accessible place. Map out routes to the closest shelter and sign up for emergency alerts. If you own pets, consider whether you need to locate shelters or friends or family outside of the area who may be able to help in case of an emergency.

See the following checklists on the MyCG App so that you are prepared:

  • Make a basic disaster supplies kit
  • Make a shelter plan
  • Make an evacuation plan
  • Critical documents to bring

Prep your car and your go bag

Make sure you have all the essential supplies you and your family will need, including food, water, medicine, personal items, extra batteries, flashlights, and other power sources, a fire extinguisher, and key documents like driver’s licenses or passports.

If you have a car, fill up the tank and make sure your car is in your garage or covered. Leave an emergency kit in your car in case you must leave quickly. If you don’t have a car, think about alternate ways to evacuate, or contact local authorities for more information.

Talk to your family and stay in the loop

Though explaining hurricanes and natural disasters can be scary for children, it is important to make sure you’re all on the same page about your emergency plan. Check news and updates about the storm on TV, the radio, or on your phone at regular intervals to make sure you’re in the know.

Download the MyCG App

The MyCG app has several hurricane resources that can help including links to:

  • CGPAAs
  • Evacuation Order Guidance
  • Evacuation Allowances FAQs
  • Civilian Emergency Situations Guide
  • Joint Travel Regulations
  • TRICARE access during emergencies and evacuations

There are also a couple of options for checklists 

Get ready to stay or evacuate

Always follow instructions from local, state, and national authorities about whether to evacuate. 

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