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Hurricane Preparedness 2013. Jack Ellison, Jr., BS, RS Public Health Planner. When is Hurricane Season?. June 1 – November 30. 2013 HURRICANE SEASON. HURRICANE CATEGORIES. 3. 5. 1. 2. 4. -- Saffir -Simpson Scale --The David Popoff Scale. Have A Personal Plan.

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hurricane preparedness 2013

Hurricane Preparedness2013

Jack Ellison, Jr., BS, RS

Public Health Planner

When is Hurricane Season?

June 1 – November 30

hurricane categories






-- Saffir-Simpson Scale

--The David Popoff Scale

have a personal plan
Have A Personal Plan
  • Plan an evacuation route for you

and your family.

  • Teach each family member how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
  • Develop a family emergency communication plan.
    • In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster, have a plan for getting back together. 
  • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows this number and address.

Don’t be these people!!!

have an emergency kit
Have an Emergency Kit
  • Non-perishable food
  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Cash (remember that ATMs may be unavailable)
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications and copies of prescriptions
  • Special medical items, such as eyeglasses and hearing aids
  • Toilet paper and other personal hygiene products
  • Two types of identification
have an emergency kit cont d
Have an Emergency Kit (cont’d)

Copies of important documents and records, information to process insurance claims. Maintain in a waterproof container.

Battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, NOAA weather radio

Road maps

List of phone numbers of family and friends

Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags

Pet supplies

If there is a baby, include formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications, baby wipes, and diaper rash ointment.

If you have a disability or have special healthcare needs, you

may require additional items.

gchd role during hurricanes
GCHD Role During Hurricanes
  • Coordination of health and medical responses in 14 jurisdictions.
  • Medical Care
  • Evacuations and EMS responses
  • Environmental assurances (food/water)
  • Vaccinations
  • Animal evacuations & rescue
  • Pubic information & health advisories
  • Injury/Disease surveillance and investigation
  • Shelter support
hurricane preparedness1
Hurricane Preparedness

Level 4 = Normal Conditions

Review plans

Train staff

Emergency equipment is maintained and tested

Review stock of emergency supplies

hurricane preparedness2
Hurricane Preparedness

Level 3 = Increased Readiness

Increased situation-monitoring

Review of plans and resource status

Determine staff availability

(72 Hours before onset of 39 MPH winds)

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Hurricane Preparedness

Level 2 = High Readiness

EOC activated

Secure and protect equipment

Close operations

Allow staff to secure homes

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Hurricane Preparedness

Level 1 = Maximum Readiness

Evacuate non-essential staff

Staff EOC as necessary

(39 mph winds predicted in 12-24 hours or less)


when do i return
When do I return?

Call (409) 938-2489

Listen to Houston media (KTRH radio, etc.)

Check in with remote contact person

Call your Supervisor

(be sure to update remote contact information if it changes)

medical reserve corps
Medical Reserve Corps


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