Weather Alert - Hurricane Hilary
With the approach of Hurricane Hilary expected in our region as soon as Saturday evening, and the largest impacts forecast for Sunday through Monday, we want to ensure that you, your loved ones, and your residents are well-prepared to stay safe during any potential weather challenges.
The news is warning that certain areas can expect tropical storm strength winds and 5 to 7 inches of accumulating rain, now is the time to prepare and communicate with your residents.
We are providing some essential tips to help you get ready before, during, and after a storm. Be sure to share with your residents!
Before the Storm
- Stay Informed: Keep an eye on weather forecasts and alerts from reliable sources such as the National Weather Service and local news stations. Stay informed about the storm's track and potential impact on your area.
- Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and essential documents. Make sure it's easily accessible.
- Secure Outdoor Items: Secure or bring indoors any loose items that could become projectiles in strong winds, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, and gardening tools.
During the Storm
- Stay Indoors: Stay indoors and avoid flooded roads.. If you must go outside, dress in appropriate clothing and be cautious of flying debris and water on the road.
- Unplug Electronics: Unplug sensitive electronic devices to prevent damage from power surges. Use surge protectors for critical devices that cannot be unplugged.
- Avoid Waterways: Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas, as water levels can be deceptive and currents strong. It takes just 6 inches of fast-flowing water to knock you off your feet.
- Stay Connected: Keep your cell phone charged and have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to receive emergency information if power goes out.
After the Storm
- Check for Hazards: After the storm, be cautious of downed power lines, weakened trees, and debris. Avoid touching or stepping near fallen wires.
- Assess Damage: Check your property/properties for damage. If you suspect structural damage, consult professionals before re-entering. Use a member first and find a professional in the SCRHA Business Directory of Suppliers.
- Report Outages: Remind your residents to report any power outage to the utility company as soon as possible. Avoid using candles for lighting, as they can be fire hazards!
Quick Links to Helpful Resources
- National Weather Service
- Imperial County Prevention & Preparedness
- SCRHA Emergency Resources Hub
- SCRHA Business Directory of Suppliers
Remember, safety is the priority. Communicating with your residents and following these guidelines will make you better prepared to face the expected weather.
Stay safe, and take care!
Alan Pentico, CAE
SCRHA Executive Director